Are you using the right toothpaste?

Choices, choices, choices! Some toothpastes provide whitening enhancement, some guard against sensitivity and some protect against the effects of acid wear, and the list gets longer.

Toothpastes don’t merely clean teeth anymore. Different types have special ingredients. Many adults have, or are at risk of having, some form of gingivitis. It is a benefit to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride plus an antibacterial ingredient. Some toothpastes can also fight germs for 12 hours.

Here are a few tips on picking the right toothpaste:

  • Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal to see if that toothpaste meets your specific oral health needs.
  • If you have sensitive teeth, look for toothpaste without heavy abrasives. Try a desensitizing paste with either strontium chloride or potassium nitrate as an added ingredient.
  • Toothpaste with “tarter control” on the label won’t remove tarter, however studies have shown it will reduce tarter formation up to 36 percent.
  • Toothpaste with “baking soda” is less abrasive and will reduce sensitivity if you have gum recession or eroded teeth due to rigorous brushing with abrasive toothpaste.
  • If you’ve had your teeth whitened, try a whitening toothpaste, which helps maintain the tooth shade. Look for ingredients carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Children under 3 are more likely to swallow toothpaste, so they should brush with a non fluoride toothpaste. Once they are able to spit, switch to a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Most toothpastes for children come in fruit and bubble mint flavors. Fruit flavor is most popular, while bubble mint can seem “too spicy” or “hot” for some kids.
  • Choose a toothpaste that tastes and feels best for you.
  • Still have questions? Ask us at your next hygiene visit and we will help you make the right choice.