How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

With so many different types of toothpaste populating the shelves, it can be difficult to choose the right toothpaste.  

To choose the best toothpaste, you need to determine what your dental needs are. Let’s start with the basics.


Fluoride-Based Toothpaste

Dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste because it helps prevents cavities by strengthening the enamel. Everyone can benefit by using a fluoride toothpaste.

Sensitivity Formula Toothpaste

Some people suffer from tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity is usually caused by a recession. A recession is where your gum shrinks away from your teeth exposing the root of the tooth. The root of the tooth communicates directly with the nerve of the tooth. When the root is stimulated with hot or cold or tactile sensations, it can send an impulse of pain directly to the nerve to the tooth. The ingredients in sensitivity formula toothpaste block the communication from root to the nerve.  If you get relief from a sensitivity formula toothpaste, keep using it. If you stop using it, the ingredients that block the pain sensation will wash out of the root causing sensitivity again.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

If you tend to build up a lot of tartar, you may want to consider a tartar control toothpaste. Tartar control toothpaste contains ingredients that help prevent the heavy accumulation up of tartar. If you do tend to have a lot of tartar, you may also want to add addition teeth cleaning each year.

Whitening Toothpaste

If you want a whiter, brighter smile, you can try the whitening toothpaste. They contain ingredients that will help keep your teeth white and bright.  

ADA Seal of Approval

The American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval on dental products means that the ADA has approved that product as safe and effective. It’s a great idea to check for the ADA seal when picking out a toothpaste, rinse or other dental product.

We hope that you will choose the correct toothpaste for yourself the next time you go shopping.  If you need further help in selecting effective toothpaste, you can consult your dentist. If you do not have a dentist, you can visit Fenton Family Dental. Click here to visit our website.

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