Which Toothpaste is Right for You?
Advanced whitening; tartar control; relief from sensitivity – the toothpaste aisle offers so many options these days! How do you know which one to choose? There are many factors to consider when making your selection.
Most importantly, be sure to look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and has been credited with drastically decreasing the instance of tooth decay.
Some of the most common types of toothpaste include:
- Tartar control toothpaste
- Chemical compounds and sometimes antibiotics are used as plaque fighting agents to reduce the occurrence of tartar on the teeth. If plaque is allowed to harden into tartar, the incidence of gum disease is much more likely. Remember though – tartar control toothpaste is preventive, in that it won’t remove existing tartar. You’ll need to have a professional cleaning if that’s the case.
- Sensitivity toothpaste
- For those with teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold foods or drinks or when brushing, sensitivity toothpaste can offer relief. Chemical compounds are added to the toothpaste that, over time, block nerve pathways and thereby eliminate the pain.
- Whitening toothpaste
- If you’re looking to brighten up those pearly whites, whitening toothpaste can help you achieve that goal. It contains chemical compounds and abrasive agents to help remove stains and discoloring.
- Children’s toothpaste
- Until the age of three, it is recommended that children use a fluoride-free toothpaste, as it is safe to swallow. If you are confident that your child is able to brush without swallowing the toothpaste, there are many fluoride toothpastes on the market specifically for kids. Most of these focus on making brushing fun for children by offering different flavors and colors to encourage a daily oral hygiene routine.
Once you’ve decided on a toothpaste, make sure you use it! Brush at least twice daily (and floss!) to keep cavities and tooth decay at bay. Your teeth will thank you!