There are about as many choices of toothpaste as their are toothbrushes. Which is best for you and your family? Is it okay to go cheap or should you buy expensive brands? Is fluoride safe for kids? So many questions and so much information coming from multiple sources, who do you trust? We have listed a few things to look for when choosing a toothpaste.
- Fluoride-When choosing a toothpaste the most important ingredient to look for is fluoride. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride has been instrumental in the drop of tooth decay and cavities in the past 50 years. Fluoride protects your teeth in two ways. First, it makes tooth enamel stronger and less likely to suffer damage from acid. It also can reverse the early stages of acid damage.
- ADA Approved-Select a toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.
When looking for a toothpaste, consider your needs. Here are some options available.
- Tartar Control-Without proper oral hygiene, plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar is a hard-to-remove deposit that can build up on your teeth and gums, ultimately leading to gum disease. There are variety of ingredients, including pyrophosphates, zinc citrate and triclosan, used in toothpastes that help prevent the accumulation of tartar. Some toothpastes contain multiple anti-plaque agents and have been found to be more effective than those that only have a single plaque fighter.
- Sensitive Teeth-Teeth that are easily irritated, for example, by hot or cold temperatures, can experience relief by certain specially formulated toothpastes. Typically, these toothpastes contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These chemical compounds can reduce tooth sensitivity by blocking pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves. Relief may take up to four weeks.
- Whitening-Toothpastes that offer whitening potential typically do not contain bleaches. Instead, they contain abrasive particles or chemicals that polish teeth or bind to stains and help pull them off of the tooth surface. Studies suggest that whitening toothpastes are no harder on enamel than other types of toothpastes.
- Kids-Choose a fruit-flavored, fluoride toothpaste with sparkles to encourage kids to brush.
- All-Natural-If you are committed to a natural lifestyle, consider an ADA-approved toothpaste that contains natural ingredients.
For more information on the best suited toothpaste for you, schedule your dental check-up here or by calling (417) 777-8654.