Choosing the Right Toothpaste
60411 Dentist Helps Select the Right Toothpaste
If you've ever stood in the toothpaste aisle of a drug store or supermarket and wondered what exactly is the difference between all the choices, and how you can even know which one is the best, you're not alone. There are a lot of options out there, and it's not always easy to know what to look for. We can help! Here's what you should consider when choosing a toothpaste.
The American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval
Whatever else you want in a toothpaste, first make sure it's been approved by the ADA.
One of the most important jobs for a toothpaste is to prevent cavities, and fluoride is a vital part of that. It is particularly important for children, adults who might not get enough fluoride in their diets, and people with health conditions such as diabetes.
If you're experiencing bleeding when you brush, you might have gingivitis, a type of gum disease. A toothpaste that has anti-bacterial properties might help. There are over-the-counter anti-gingivitis toothpastes available, or your dentist can give you a prescription.
If you have sensitive teeth, you'll want to find a toothpaste that will help minimize your discomfort. Start with an over-the-counter sensitivity toothpaste. If it doesn't quite work for you, then ask your dentist for a prescription.
While there are toothpastes that can help whiten your teeth (such as those that have hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) you need to be careful. First of all, extended use of whitening toothpaste can cause tooth sensitivity. Second, there are toothpastes out there that are cosmetic rather than medical: that is, they only aim to whiten your teeth, not to necessarily care for your dental health. These toothpastes often contain abrasive substances that will damage your enamel permanently. Make sure to choose an approved toothpaste that will whiten while protecting your enamel.
Nowadays a lot of toothpastes claim to restore enamel. While many toothpastes will protect and strengthen enamel (such as those with fluoride) it's important to recognize that, once gone, enamel does not grow back. So make sure your toothpaste protects it!
There are many options available for toothpaste! Every mouth is different, so take the time to choose the toothpaste that's just right for yours. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with your 60411 dentist, please call (708) 755-2220.