How to Choose Your Toothpaste
Brushing your teeth is among the best ways to protect them from decay. Most dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to reduce the risk of enamel damage and excessive wear. However, the toothpaste you use can also make a difference in your dental health. Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you shop for toothpaste.
1. Is it approved? While not all manufacturers of safe, effective toothpastes seek the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, this seal is one of the best ways to ensure the toothpaste you are purchasing is safe and will clean and protect your teeth as promised.
2. Does it contain fluoride? Fluoride is a mineral that is added to toothpastes to help harden dental enamel. Children should be supervised with fluoridated toothpastes to reduce the risk of swallowing the toothpaste.
3. Is it customized for your needs? If you are prone to tartar buildup, cavities, gingivitis, or sensitive teeth, look for a toothpaste that addresses these specific issues. Some toothpastes are also designed as whitening toothpastes. They incorporate chemical or abrasive ingredients to remove surface stains.
When you brush, use a gentle, circular movement to scrub the plaque and food debris from your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, and brush for at least two minutes at a time twice a day. Call us today to learn more about ways to protect your long-term dental health or to schedule your next dental cleaning.