What to Consider When Choosing a Toothpaste
For a product that qualifies as a staple, toothpaste has a lot of niche appeal. This is due in part to the trend toward all-natural ingredients, and in part to better education about oral health. You could use a default product, but it might not serve you as well.
First, identify your most important issue. Do you worry about bad breath? Do you go too long between cleanings but want to curb tartar production? Do you want teeth to preserve their color as much as possible? There are toothpastes for all these concerns, and if you have a preferred brand, you can select just from within that brand’s family of products to further narrow your search.
Whitening toothpastes contain chemicals or abrasives that over time can scrub extrinsic stains from enamel. Anti-sensitivity pastes, recommended especially for people who whiten their teeth a lot, contain things like potassium nitrate which can act as a pain reducer.
One of the most effective agents against cavities, which is credited for the decline in dental caries in most of the industrialized world over the last 30 years, is fluoride. Most toothpaste contains fluoride, and the only potential negative is that too much exposure can produce spotting or discoloring in the teeth of children under the age of 6.
If you don’t want to use fluoridated toothpaste, you can choose one that uses cranberry extract instead—or xylitol, which is the same ingredient used in sugarless gum and is a reliable cleansing agent.
If you’re due for a dental cleaning, contact our office.
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