Choosing the Right Toothpaste

A search on the internet is likely to turn up around 200 results for different toothpastes you can easily purchase. With so many brands and flavors to chose from, how can you know which toothpaste is best for your oral health? In years past, consumers could simply look for a toothpaste endorsed by the ADA. Today, however, it seems that most stores carry a wide array of ADA-approved brands. From a dentist’s perspective, patients should choose a toothpaste they like. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? After brushing, you should feel like your mouth is clean and your breath is fresh.  However, there are many other bells and whistles you can consider.

Toothpaste Special Features

Whitening Toothpaste: If your tooth enamel tends to soak up staining agents (like tea, coffee, and tobacco) consider a whitening toothpaste. Most of these toothpastes combine the bleaching action of baking soda with mild abrasives to whisk away surface stains.

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste: Do hot or cold foods make you cringe? You may have thin/damaged tooth enamel, or maybe your gums have receded so that your teeth roots are exposed. Some people are genetically predisposed to tooth sensitivity. Regardless of why your teeth hurt, a toothpaste specially made for sensitive teeth may help. The most common brand is Sensodyne, though there are many brands on the market.

Tartar Control Toothpaste: If you’re one of the many people who tend to accumulate plaque and tartar easily, regardless of how often you brush and floss, try tartar control toothpaste. When plaque hardens into tartar, it’s not water soluble so it’s very difficult to remove. Tartar control toothpaste contains sodium pyrophosphate, which is water soluble. Tartar is attracted to and bonds with sodium pyrophosphate on teeth. The tartar can be easily removed because it’s bonded to a water soluble material.

Training Toothpaste: Most toothpaste contains fluoride, but un-fluoridated toothpaste (sometimes termed “toddler” or “training” toothpaste) does not contain fluoride. Children under two years of age often swallow toothpaste and over time, fluoride can build up to cause bright white, horizontal lines on permanent teeth. This is called fluorosis.

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Do you have questions about dental products? Call our Lake Forest, IL, dental practice today 847.234.0517. Dr. Fondriest and our team serves patients in the North Shore and greater Chicago area.

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