A Guide to Picking Your Toothpaste According to Your Dentist

A Guide to Picking Your Toothpaste According to Your Dentist

by Shearly (SU)

In your average supermarket or pharmacy, patients searching for any kind of health-related goods are bombarded by a cavalcade of brands and options, often leaving many people confused on just what product is best for them. Toothpaste is no different. Toothpaste, which is at the cornerstone of at-home dental health, comes in a multitude of varieties, each carrying their own promises and benefits. But how do you sort through this sea of options in order to find the toothpaste that is best for your dental health? Here’s a short guide on how to pick your toothpaste, according to your dentist.

How to pick toothpaste - the basics

·       First things first: always make sure that the product is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Finding the ADA seal on the box or bottle of toothpaste indicates that the product has been thoroughly tested for both effectiveness and safety by the American Dental Association. Never use products that do not have an ADA seal of approval, as there have been cases of these products proving harmful to patients who have bought them.

·       Choose toothpaste that contains fluoride: numerous dental studies have shown fluoride helps to strengthen the protective enamel on teeth, and prevent tooth decay. Look on the ingredients label the toothpaste to make sure that the product contains fluoride.

·       Be careful with “teeth whitening” toothpaste: while promising to whiten your teeth, some of these products can contain abrasive chemicals which can lead to higher tooth sensitivity because they damage the protective enamel on your teeth.

How to pick toothpaste - catering to your dental needs

several different toothpastes on the market are specialized to combat different problems. Look for products that specifically combat problems that you have.

·       “Tartar control” toothpaste: this type of toothpaste especially formulated to help prevent plaque from turning into tartar by containing chemical compounds which help to slow down the process. If you have had a history of tartar buildup, this toothpaste may be the correct one for you.

·       “Sensitive” toothpaste: if you sometimes experience a sharp pain in your teeth when dealing with certain temperatures, foods, or drinks, this toothpaste may be the best one for you, as it is specially formulated to deal with teeth that have a higher sensitivity. Some of these toothpastes are even formulated to help reduce tooth sensitivity in the future, though they may take a few weeks to achieve this.

Above all else, talking with your dentist about what toothpaste you should buy is the key to being a savvy consumer when it comes to buying the right product. During your next dental appointment, talk in depth with your dentist about exactly what you should look for in a toothpaste, and just what kind of care your teeth need daily. Your dentist will be happy to talk to you and will likely provide you with plenty of information about keeping your teeth as healthy as they can be.

For more information on toothpaste and dental health, please call 360 Dental Group today at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment online.