Choosing a toothpaste can be hard because there are so many choices out there. Knowing what works and what doesn’t can be tough when everyone says theirs is the next best thing. Since toothpaste is something you use daily it is important to have the right one whether you have sensitive teeth or want a whitening toothpaste. Here are a few things to consider when you are at the store picking your next toothpaste out.
- Choose One With Fluoride
For the most part all toothpastes have a fluoride in them, but some natural toothpastes do not have them. This is an important way to prevent cavities and protect your teeth. Although there has been some studies conducted that mention that using fluoride mouth rinse with children under the age of 6 could show problems with their teeth but using fluoride toothpaste did not show the any side effects.
- People With Sensitive Teeth
If you have sensitive teeth this is a great way to help aid this day-to-day annoyance. The first thing to avoid is whitening toothpastes. As you may know most forms of teeth whitener causes tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. Another way to help is to buy specific toothpaste for sensitivity. You may have to pay a couple extra dollars but having the extra help just might be worth it in your case. Studies have also shown that toothpastes with baking soda are gentle on your smile. They use less abrasive cleaning agents to help clean your teeth.
- Read The Label Before You Buy
One thing to remember is that there is not a one size fits all toothpaste for everyone. It is important that you look at the label before you buy to see what is in the toothpaste. Some toothpastes have artificial sweeteners or even pieces of plastic. You may notice blue pieces in your toothpaste and they may say that they are mint pieces but in reality they are small pieces of plastic. Also when checking the label make sure you are buying ADA approved toothpaste. When buying more natural or off-brand products you can run into them not being ADA approved.
The most important thing to remember when buying toothpaste for you and your family is find what works best for you. There are hundreds of flavors, fluorides, tartar control and so on, but in the long run you need to find something that you like and will use daily. For your kids, find something that is fun and makes them excited about brushing their teeth everyday. If you have questions, ask your hygienist when you come in for your regular cleaning and checkup. They can answer your questions you may have about a toothpaste that will fit your family’s needs.
Blackfoot Family Dentistry is always looking for ways to help you and your family’s smile. Remember it is the small things that keep your smile healthy. For more information about the topic feel free to ask Dr. Baldwin at your next appointment. If it has been awhile since you have seen a dentist, don’t hesitate to call and schedule an appointment. We have a great first time patient special and along with that a great in-house insurance program that is a wonderful solution if you don’t have dental insurance. We hope to see you soon!