With as many options available on the market these days, choosing the right toothpaste for your oral hygiene regimen can seem overwhelming. Running just a basic search online for toothpaste will turn up nearly 10,000 different entries – how’s a person supposed to choose?
With a little foreknowledge about what makes for a good toothpaste, and knowing what your needs are, choosing the right toothpaste for your needs is easy. And if you end up with something that’s doesn’t seem right – just keep trying.
Fluoride is Your Friend
Brushing twice daily with fluoride is one of the mainstays of modern dental hygiene, and unless otherwise instructed by your dentist, you should be seeking out toothpaste that includes fluoride. Thankfully, nearly all of them already do.
Toothpastes will say on the tube whether or not they include fluoride; keep in mind that some natural toothpastes do not include fluoride.
Tartar Control Toothpastes
If your dentist has recommended it, you may need toothpaste that is better at slowing down the formation of tartar than the standard varieties. To help prevent the formation of plaque on your teeth, look for toothpastes that include tartar-decelerating ingredients such as sodium hexametaphosphate and sodium pyrophosphates. Be aware, however, that once tartar has formed, it can only be removed with special dentist’s tools.
Avoid Heavily Sweetened Toothpastes
This piece of advice comes in especially handy when choosing toothpastes for your children – some pastes marketed for kids are exceptionally sweet, and may contain an inadvisable amount of sugar. These should be avoided, as the sugar can contribute to tooth decay, the very thing you’re trying to avoid by brushing.
Make sure to read labels closely, and if you do need something that’s not bland, try choosing a toothpaste with an artificial sweetener.
Toothpastes for Sensitive Teeth
If you suffer from sore or just overly sensitive gums or teeth, there are toothpastes out there specifically designed to give your mouth some relief.
Keep your eyes open for toothpastes labeled as being recommended for sensitive teeth, or containing the ingredients potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These ingredients bond with the surface of the tooth, blocking the microscopic holes leading from the tooth’s surface to the interior nerves, helping to alleviate sensitivity.
If the multi-syllable compounds mentioned above make you cringe, ‘natural’ toothpastes might be the way to go. Keep in mind that many of these toothpastes do not contain fluoride, which is recommended for fighting tooth decay.
Reading labels closely is essential when using natural toothpastes. Varieties using baking soda or salt pastes are typically considered safe, however some natural varieties of toothpaste belong in the herbal supplement category, and may not have been proven safe. If in doubt, talk to your dentist, and do your homework.
Contact Dr. Lordo’s Office For Assistance
If you’d like some assistance choosing the toothpaste that best suits your smile’s needs, our professionals at Dr. Lordo’s office are more than willing to lend a hand. Our gentle cleanings and consultation go hand in hand to keep your smile looking its very best. Give us a call at 614-885-4754 or visit us online to schedule your first appointment.