Choosing The Right Toothpaste

Toothpaste. Picking one can be overwhelming. With so many choices out there, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. Should you go with fluoride? Tarter control? Whitening? And what brand?!

We can’t tell you which toothpaste is best for you because everyone has different needs, but we will help you navigate your way through the toothpaste isle with this blog.

If you have a history of cavities, fluoride toothpaste may be the best choice for you. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps protect your teeth from the acid that can remain in your moth after eating. It makes your enamel stronger and can reverse the damage on areas that are already in the early stages of decay. Even if your water contains fluoride, fluoride toothpaste is still beneficial to your teeth. You can ensure toothpaste contains adequate amounts of fluoride if the label has the American Dental Association seal and claims to be “anti-cavity.”

2. Tarter Control

Tarter is bacterial plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Once it is on your teeth, no amount of brushing can remove it. Your dentist has to scrape it off with the little pick that everyone hates. However, preventing tarter is not a hopeless struggle. Tarter control toothpaste can prevent the plaque from hardening and help prevent gum disease. Look on the ingredients label for pyrophosphates or zinc citrate to see if your toothpaste helps with tarter control.

3. Whitening

Are you looking for a celebrity-like white smile? Whitening toothpaste may be the best choice for you. Although it is hard to notice changes short-term, whitening toothpaste can brighten your teeth if you use it long-term. However, be aware that it can lead to sensitivity in your teeth and gums if used frequently for long periods of time. There are many whitening toothpastes on the market and it is best to talk to your dentist about which is right for you.

4. Sensitive Teeth

Does drinking hot coffee or eating ice cream hurt your teeth? You may want to look for toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These help make your teeth feel better by blocking pathways that attach to the nerves inside your teeth. Be patient, though, because these toothpastes can take up to four weeks before offering substantial sensitivity relief.

We hope this helped clear up which toothpaste is best for you. If you are still unsure, it is always best to talk to your dentist.

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