These days, the options are endless when it comes to oral health care products. The advances we have made in oral health care are great, however, when looking for the right toothpaste, the options can be overwhelming. How do you know which whitening toothpaste is most effective? Should you buy a toothpaste for sensitive teeth or gums?
When looking for a toothpaste, the first thing you should do is make sure it has the ADA seal of approval. This shows that the product has been tested and its ingredients are effective. Here are a list of toothpaste products to help you better determine which toothpaste is best for you:
Whitening toothpastes are more popular than ever. They contain mild abrasives that help polish teeth and prevent the buildup of additional stains. However, they aren’t really helpful when it comes to getting rid of older discolorations. When looking for a whitening toothpaste, look for pastes or gels that contain modified silicone abrasives. Brands such as Rembrandt and Crest have great whitening toothpaste options. If you don’t see any changes in your teeth after about a month, talk to your dentist.
Cavity Fighting Toothpaste
Everyday your teeth are exposed to harmful bacteria that can cause plaque buildup if you don’t practice the proper dental hygiene. When this harmful bacteria eats away at your teeth, it can cause cavities. When looking for toothpastes that help fight against cavities, look for ones that contain the mineral fluoride. Fluoride coats and protects teeth from cavity-causing acids.
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth or Gums
If your dentist has ruled out cavities or gum disease, you may be brushing your teeth too hard, or have sensitive teeth and gums. When looking for a toothpaste for sensitive teeth or gums, opt for one containing a desensitizing ingredient such as strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. A great brand for sensitive teeth and gums is Sensodyne toothpaste.
Tartar Prevention Toothpaste
Tartar buildup comes from plaque that has hardened. Once tartar builds up on your teeth, the only way to remove it is by going to your dentist and having them pick away at it. However, there are toothpastes that help prevent the buildup of tartar. If you need a tartar-fighting toothpaste, look for toothpastes containing zinc citrate or pyrophosphates. Crest Tartar Protection is an ADA approved toothpaste.
All Natural Toothpaste
Toothpastes containing all natural ingredients can be just as effective as anti-microbial toothpastes. Tom’s of Main is a great all natural toothpaste that contains the ADA seal of approval.
If You Have Dentures
Toothpastes work well on dentures, however there are also effervescent tablet options for people with dentures. These tables have actually been shown to work more effectively for those with dentures than brushing with toothpaste. Fixodent has ADA-approved denture-cleaning products that have shown to be effective.
If you have any questions about your oral health, or are looking for a dentist that will meet your oral health care needs, contact Greenspoint Dental today. In our general dentistry practice we offer a number of basic care services that will keep your smile bright and healthy. Schedule your appointment with us today!