Choosing the Best Toothpaste

The American Dental Association reports that 56 percent of people are confused about which dental products to choose. When selecting your own toothpaste how do you decide?

Should you go with a traditional paste, a modern gel, whitening toothpaste, fluoride toothpaste, a sensitive teeth toothpaste or just make your selection based on your favorite flavor? Today, we're here to offer you tips to help you make an educated and wise toothpaste decision the next time you are shopping on the dental health aisle.

The Different Types of Toothpaste

Here's what you need to know. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives that polish and chemicals that dissolve stains. Keep in mind that it will take anywhere from two to six weeks to notice a difference. Used in excess, whitening toothpaste can damage tooth enamel. Fluoride Toothpaste contains the naturally occurring tooth-friendly mineral fluoride, which strengthens enamel and protects your teeth from decay. Fluoride can also re-mineralize areas where decay has begun. Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth (aka Desensitizing Toothpaste) typically contains chemical compounds that block pathways in the teeth connected to nerves that cause sensitivity. Tartar Control Toothpaste contains fluoride, chemical compounds and even antibiotics to help control plaque (bacteria) which, if not removed hardens to tartar (which builds up on the teeth and can cause gum disease).

Now armed with this knowledge, be sure to read the labels carefully. Some toothpaste tubes are labeled for adults only, while others may contain ingredients to which you or a family member may be allergic. It is also important to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval, which means the product has been tested and meets the ADA's strict requirement for quality and effectiveness. Of course, we're always here to help if you have additional questions or need help deciding what is best for you and your family.

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