Toothpaste is the one of the most vital components of dental health. But when you stroll down the dental aisle at your local supermarket, you’ll spot dozens of different types. With so many choices, how can you know which one is best for you?
Below is a list of some of the more common types and their properties.
You’re probably most familiar with this type. Many people use whitening toothpaste because it’s far less expensive than paying a dentist to perform a professional whitening procedure. Whitening toothpaste contains substances that essentially scrub and polish stains off the surface of your teeth. The result is a whiter, brighter smile. Take caution when using this type, though. Some people find that the substances rub just a bit too rough against their teeth.
Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
If whitening toothpaste is too rough on your teeth, or you have difficulty consuming things that are hot or cold, then this might be the type for you. Sensitive teeth toothpaste contains potassium nitrate, a chemical compound that relieves some of the discomfort you feel while eating or drinking. Note that the cause of this pain is often due to receding gums or enamel damage. Sensitive teeth toothpaste is only a temporary solution to these problems. If you find yourself needing sensitive toothpaste, call us and we’ll help you figure out the underlying problem.
There’s a reason that dentists recommend brushing your teeth after every meal. Plaque, if left to its own devices, will build up naturally over time. Eventually it hardens into something much more difficult to remove: tar. Anti-Tartar toothpaste specifically targets this clingy substance. However, it’s worth noting that this type is designed more to prevent this substance from building up rather than eradicating it from the mouth completely. The best solution to remove tartar from your teeth is getting your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. Your friends at Greenspoint Dental can help you with that.
Natural toothpaste is becoming an increasingly popular option. For one, it’s just that—natural. Many brands tote the concept that their product is made with environmentally friendly ingredients. Examples include oils, extracts, and herbs. Additionally, these ingredients tend to be gentler on the teeth than those found in more standard types. But remember, when selecting one of these types, it’s important to check the ingredients before making a purchase. You want to ensure it contains the most essential ingredient to any toothpaste: fluoride.
Regardless of which toothpaste you choose, it’s important to ensure it contains fluoride, a natural mineral. Fluoride has two key benefits. It strengthens your tooth enamel and prevents bacterial acid from damaging your teeth—both of which can lead to tooth decay or cavities. In other words, if your toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride, you might as well not be brushing at all!
It’s always a good idea to know what toothpaste your dentist recommends. Give us a call! We’d be glad to help you figure out which toothpaste will keep your teeth strong and sparkling.