Choose the best toothpaste for your individual needs and preferences. Here is how:
Looking at the fluoride content
Fluoride is a natural mineral that protects tooth enamel and fights cavities.
Experts credit the fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water with the significant reduction in dental cavities over the past few decades. Numerous studies confirm that fluoride is a safe and effective treatment.
As a result, the American Dental Association (ADA) and most dentists consider fluoride to be an essential ingredient in toothpaste.
However, some people prefer to avoid fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water. Where this is the case, natural toothpaste may be a better option as many natural formulations are fluoride-free.
Checking for ADA approval
Some toothpaste products carry the ADA seal of approval. This means that they meet the ADA’s strict requirements, which specify that toothpaste must:
- contain fluoride
- contain active ingredients to improve oral hygiene
- be free from flavoring agents that contribute to tooth decay, such as sugar
- have scientific evidence to support that it is safe and effective
However, participation in the ADA program is voluntary, and not all good toothpaste brands will carry the seal. People can view the list of ADA-approved toothpaste products here.
Deciding if you want a whitening toothpaste
Many people want a whiter smile, and whitening toothpaste can provide a safe and effective remedy for off-white teeth.
These products contain abrasive ingredients that polish the teeth or remove stains from the tooth’s surface.
People with sensitive teeth may wish to avoid whitening toothpaste that contains chemicals as these can make sensitivity worse. We can provide advice on whitening options that are safe for sensitive teeth.
Asking for a prescription toothpaste for very sensitive teeth
Having sensitive teeth can make brushing very uncomfortable. Foods and beverages such as ice cream and hot coffee can be painful to consume. Special types of toothpaste can alleviate the symptoms of sensitive teeth, and over-the-counter (OTC) options are usually effective.
However, some people may not get enough relief from OTC products. If this is the case, we may be able to prescribe a stronger product.
Avoiding sugary toothpaste
Everybody has different needs and preferences. People should consider their own needs and the needs of their family when selecting a toothpaste brand.
If necessary, people can shop around and try different options.
Important factors to consider include:
- any sensitivities to ingredients
- how well a product meets dental needs
- how refreshing the toothpaste is
No matter what is your preferred choice of toothpaste, the most important part is to keeeeeeeep on brushing 🙂
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