It’s the age-old question that we dental professionals hear at least three times a day from concerned patients. And it’s no wonder that you may have trouble choosing just one toothpaste. Just walk into any convenience or health food store and stroll down the oral care aisle. The rows and rows of toothpastes that greet you can be completely overwhelming, even if you know what you are looking for!
With that being said, we’ve tackled this question for the sake of your convenience and sanity next time you are on the search for a new toothpaste!
The First Step: ADA Seal
While there are a million ways to answer this question, we’ve pinpointed the first crucial step:
Choose toothpaste with an “ADA Seal of Acceptance”.
This label means that the ADA, American Dental Association, has approved the product and the seal is a symbol of safety and effectiveness. Toothpaste that has this seal means it has been heavily tested, all claims are verified and the ingredients are safe and actually work.
The Second Step: Know Your Teeth
Once you have narrowed down the list to only toothpastes with this seal, we can move on to a toothpaste that fits your specific needs. In order to find the right toothpaste for you, you need to know your teeth. For example, if you suffer from a specific dental flaw, you should choose a toothpaste that combats that problem. We’ve categorized several problem areas for you and paired it with the ingredients you need to look for in your toothpaste.
- Yellow teeth: Look for a toothpaste with “whitening”. This should be easy to find. Pastes with modified silicone abrasives are the safest and most effective. These abrasives are safe and help to break down stains and polish your teeth for a whiter surface.
- Teeth that are prone to cavities: Look for toothpastes with fluoride. Fluoride prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth and eventually turning into acid that can eat holes in your teeth. This helps the fluoride to stick and absorb into the enamel better.
- Sensitive teeth: Look for toothpaste with desensitizing ingredients like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. If you have sensitive teeth this may be a result of brushing too hard. or it can mean that you have exposed roots. Check with your doctor to verify the cause of your sensitivity.
- Fighting tartar: Toothpastes that fight tartar are important. Once tartar has developed, no amount of brushing can help you. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist can remove that tartar. So, stop it at the source and look for toothpaste with tartar fighting ingredients like pyrophosphates or zinc citrate.
While the number of options may be overwhelming, knowing what you need from your toothpaste is the first place to start. Talking with your dentist is what we always suggest. Our staff at Belmont Dental Care is always willing to answer any questions and to give recommendations on oral care products. To learn more about the type of toothpaste to use, visit us at Belmont Dental Care or call us today at (480) 609-0050!
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