This article was reviewed by Dr. Law of our Millwoods location.
All toothpastes are not created equal. Many are specialized to treat your teeth for different symptoms. When you use a toothpaste with the right ingredients to address issues with your mouth, you can improve your dental health and enjoy a deeper clean. Here are a few steps you should take the next time you’re deciding on a toothpaste at the store.
Select an Option With Fluoride
Fluoride fights cavities. Brushing twice a day with fluoride-containing toothpaste can help protect your teeth from decay and get rid of plaque and tartar.
Most toothpaste contains fluoride, but a lot of natural brands do not. Look on the label to see if your favorite toothpaste has fluoride. You can also use fluoride-containing toothpaste for kids under age six, though dentists recommend you wait until after they turn six to try fluoride-containing mouthwash.
Find the Best Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
First, here’s what you shouldn’t do if you have sensitive teeth. Do not use a whitening paste, which can irritate your teeth due to the stronger ingredients used to get rid of stains.
Instead, you can find specially formulated brands for those with sensitive teeth. Look for brands that contain potassium nitrate, which can soothe the nerve endings that result in sensitive teeth. Baking soda is another ingredient that’s gentle on the teeth and can ease your symptoms.
Read Labels on Natural Toothpaste
Natural toothpaste has risen in popularity with the increased sensitivity to the environment and desire to avoid unnecessary chemicals. Read the labels for these toothpastes carefully. You may find herbal ingredients that you’re unfamiliar with. If you have any allergies, you may want to stay cautious and skip unusual ingredients.
Look for the American Dental Association Seal of Approval
The ADA allows its seal to be used only for toothpaste that has proven effective. You should know when you choose an ADA-approved toothpaste that you’re getting one that has upheld rigorous standards.
Keep in mind that ADA approval is entirely voluntary. You can buy great toothpastes that do not have an ADA seal just because manufacturers have not chosen to pursue the approval. Think of the ADA seal as an extra endorsement and a reason to consider a particular brand, but don’t automatically bar those that don’t have the approval.
Skip the Sweeteners
This should sound obvious, but heed the advice nonetheless. Don’t use toothpaste that relies on sugar for a sweet flavor. The last thing you want in your mouth during brushing is more sugar. Most of these toothpastes are aimed at kids.
Talk to Your Dentist About Addressing Dental Issues Through Toothpaste
You can find lots of specialty brands on the market. In addition to treating sensitive teeth, toothpaste has a host of other special uses. Take stock of your dental needs, then ask about it at Dental Choice.
Still not sure what type of toothpaste is right for you? We can discuss your choices at your next biannual checkup. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.