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How To Choose The Right Toothpaste

Published on July 26th, 2017

In recent years, the number of different toothpaste options that line the shelves has become overwhelming. While the number of toothpaste manufacturers hasn’t necessarily increased, the different types they offer sure have. There are toothpastes that can supposedly whiten your teeth, freshen your breath, reduce sensitivity, stop gum disease, remove plaque, and much more. But how do you know which is the best for you and if it will actually do what it says it does? Here are a few things to look for when choosing your next tube of toothpaste.

ADA Approval

If a toothpaste has an ADA seal, it has been approved by the American Dental Association. This means that it is safe to use and actually does what it says it does. Most dentists only recommend toothpastes with the ADA seal because these are the only ones that are backed by scientific findings.

Fluoride

Toothpastes with fluoride are beneficial because they help to strengthen teeth and reduce the likelihood of cavities. Fluoride can be dangerous, however, if ingested in large quantities. While dentists do recommend this type of toothpaste, its important to be cautious when using a toothpaste containing fluoride so you don’t swallow it.

Sensitivity Control

Some toothpastes contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride that can help to alleviate pain and sensitivity caused by receding gums or grinding your teeth. After a few weeks of using a paste for sensitive teeth, symptoms often subside and you can usually switch back to your regular toothpaste.

Tartar Control

If plaque is left on the teeth for too long it begins to form tartar – a brownish deposit that appears on your teeth and cannot be removed just by brushing. Some toothpastes contain pyrophosphates that help to reduce this tartar and dentists recommend these to most patients to maintain their heathy teeth and gums.

Triclosan

Triclosan is an ingredient used in some toothpastes that attacks bacteria in the mouth before it turns into plaque. This is not necessary for everyone, but is often recommended to those that show early signs of gingivitis or gum disease.

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