Toothpaste Tips!
By contactus@drjrobb.com
February 18, 2022
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Let’s face it. The toothpaste aisle can be a confusing place. Is one brand better than another? Are the natural ones better than the name brands? With so many types to pick from, it can be hard to choose which one is best for you. How do you know which one to buy? Here are a couple tips.

 

   Look for the ADA Seal. If you don’t know what it looks like, ask your dentist to show you. The ADA Seal means that the product has gone through rigorous testing to prove that it will not harm your teeth or mouth if used as directed. It also means claims, like whitening or tartar control, that are printed on the box are true.

   Choose Fluoride. It protects teeth against acids that cause decay and reduces acids made by bacteria in your mouth.

 

Beyond these general tips, what else can you use to help you decide which toothpaste to buy?

 

   Do your teeth feel gritty soon after you’ve finished brushing? If so, you might build up plaque faster than average. A toothpaste that prevents plaque buildup such as Crest Pro-Health or Colgate Total might be a good choice for you.

   Do you have gingivitis or gum disease? Colgate Total, Paradontax, or Crest Pro-Health, when combined with proper brushing and flossing, are the most likely to help.

   Does the thought of eating ice cream make you cringe? You might benefit from a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Most will list potassium nitrate as an active ingredient, but a few use stannous fluoride as the desensitizing agent. (Most toothpastes use sodium fluoride rather than stannous as their source for fluoride.) These toothpastes will usually have Sensitive as part of their name. No matter which one you use, if your sensitivity doesn’t improve within 8 weeks, be sure to see your dentist to make sure there isn’t something more wrong with your tooth.

   Does your mouth feel dry? You might benefit from a toothpaste like Biotene that’s made to help replace some of the protection lost when your saliva can’t rinse food from your mouth and teeth.

  •  Want Whiter teeth? A toothpaste that contains peroxide is your best bet for actual tooth whitening. If you're only looking to remove surface stains from your teeth, you may have more options. 

 

Hopefully the toothpaste aisle is a bit less intimidating to you now.

 

No matter which toothpaste you choose, make sure you follow the directions. If a whitening toothpaste says to brush twice a day, brushing five times a day won’t necessarily make your teeth whiter. It may only wear down your tooth’s enamel. Also, stick to using a pea-size amount. More than that will just use up the tube faster.

 

If you still have questions about toothpaste, we invite you to become part of my dental practice. Call 440-960-1940 or use the contact form at the bottom of the page on www.drjrobb.com You can also interact with Dr. Robb on facebook at www.facebook.com/drjenniferrobb

 

*Note: The information in this post is not meant to replace the clinical judgement of your healthcare professionals. 

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