The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide
Shopping for toothpaste can be an overwhelming process. If you’re like me, you take a look at those choices and grab for the best deal. However, we should be aware that there could be a better choice than just that week’s deal. So here is a breakdown of how a toothpaste can become a tool of prevention to help you maintain that healthy smile in between your visits with us. So let’s break it down…..
Tartar Control Toothpaste
This particular formula is a good choice for people that are prone to tartar and are looking to prevent buildup. Tartar control toothpastes contain ingredients that are effective in breaking down plaque on the teeth before it hardens into more difficult to remove plaque. Keep in mind, this toothpaste does not help to prevent tartar buildup below the gum line, but can be used to as a preventative measure.
Almost every brand out there offers some sort of whitening toothpaste. You should be aware that some products contain harsh materials that gently scrub away surface stains, and some companies use peroxide to whiten. While popular, whitening toothpastes can often cause sensitivity and is not recommended for children under the age of 18.
Toothpaste for Sensitivity
Specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive teeth is a great tool for individuals that experience discomfort with hot or cold temperatures. These toothpastes are usually less abrasive and contain either strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. These compounds aid in the reduction of sensitivity by inhibiting the passageways that travel through the teeth to the nerves.
We suggest you start with a “training” toothpaste for toddlers, since these are designed to be safe to swallow. Children’s Specific Toothpaste is the best choice for older kids. It is similar to adult toothpaste but typically comes in more kid-friendly flavors and contains less fluoride. If you’re still unsure which brand is best, your hygienist would be an awesome asset to ask!
Prescription Strength Fluoride Toothpaste
This toothpaste is designed for those who are more prevalent to tooth decay, or, those who suffer from temperature sensitivity that can’t be controlled with the over the counter sensitivity toothpaste. This toothpaste can be purchased from our office or at a pharmacy. The reason, is because it contains higher levels of fluoride.
Just make sure the toothpaste that you choose has the American Dental Association label on it and try to brush for a solid 2 minutes! And don’t forget, you are never fully dressed without your smile!!!