Do you find yourself overwhelmed at the endless toothpaste options at your local grocery store? From whitening and tartar control to all-natural and fluoride, deciding which tube to purchase can be a daunting task. While not all toothpastes are created equal, they all seem to have some common ingredients, such as abrasive agents for scrubbing, flavoring, humectants for moisture retention, thickeners and detergents. In order to find which one suits your smile best, you need to know your specific oral health needs.
Your dentist is the best resource for educating you on what your teeth and gums need for optimal health. For example, a patient with gum recession may need a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Another patient may be interested in fighting coffee stains and could benefit from a teeth whitening toothpaste. However, there are some basic ingredients to look for regardless of your age or your specific dental concerns.
Most dentists agree that your toothpaste needs to contain fluoride. Fluoride is a powerful weapon against cavities. It helps protect your teeth from harmful acid attacks caused by the sugars and starches that you consume. Patients who do not have a fluoride-containing water supply can especially benefit from using fluoride toothpaste.
Tartar control toothpaste is another phrase you will want to look for, although many of the toothpastes that contain fluoride are also designed for tartar control. Plaque that accumulates on the teeth can harden into tartar. These stubborn deposits can build up on both your teeth and gums, eventually leading to gum disease. A tartar control toothpaste contains specific ingredients and compounds to prevent tartar build up.
While tartar control and fluoride are strongly recommended for good oral health, there are other toothpaste options that are left up to you. You are free to choose on whether your prefer gel or paste or if you like mint or cinnamon best.
Always consult your dentist if you have difficulty choosing a toothpaste. At Grateful Dental, we understand how overwhelming the task can be. However, we have a depth of dental knowledge and insight into you personal oral health needs that allow us to recommend the best toothpaste for your unique smile. Never forget to look for the ADA seal of approval on the tube you buy!