What is the Best Toothpaste for You?
There are many different toothpaste products one the market, their are entire isles in stores with different toothpaste products. Have you ever stood there and wondered which one should I really buy? Is the more expensive one actually the best one? What should I be looking for, whiteners, fluoride, tarter control? We break down just what you should be looking for in your toothpaste.
What should I look for in a toothpaste?
Like so many other products out there, not all toothpastes are approved before they are put on the shelves. The very first think you should look at when choosing your toothpaste is the ADA Seal of Approval shown below. This seal shows that the manufacturer sent the toothpaste in to the American Dental Association and it was tested to make sure it is ok for your teeth and will not cause any harm to your teeth or your mouth.
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The most important thing to look for is fluoride! Fluoride helps the removal of plaque, which is a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day. Plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Fluoride also helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel of your teeth.
Toothpastes by Treatment
There are many different toothpastes that have a unique purpose of each. Breaking down some of these toothpastes and their purpose for using them helps to find the best one for your teeth. While shopping be sure to keep the ADA acceptance in mind and don’t get fooled by toothpastes that may seem have no additional dental value to them. A good example of these are the specially flavored toothpastes, while a great gag gift or fun for children, in most cases they will not be ADA accepted.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
If you are looking to whiten your teeth, you can go with a whitener in your tooth paste. The whiteners in toothpaste will not remove “old” stains or build up, but it will remove the everyday build up from the foods we eat to help change a yellowing color to a more brighter whiter smile. Whitener toothpastes contain abrasives which help polish and prevent buildup of additional stains. Two toothpastes which have been very effective for whitening are Rembrandt Deeply White and Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening. Whitening tooth pastes do not change your teeth over night, however if you are not satisfied with results after a month, check with your dentist.
If it is help with a problem of multiple cavities that you want help with, you should look for a toothpaste with a mineral fluoride (referred to as natures cavity fighter by the ADA). It coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids. While most toothpastes contain fluoride, any product that feature the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job. However one of the prescribed toothpastes for this is Colgate PreviDent.
If your teeth seem to be too sensitive, and your dentist ruled out cavities and/or a periodontal disease, you may look at how your brushing, maybe you are being too “rough” on your teeth when brushing or have too coarse of a toothbrush, but there are toothpastes to help with this too. Look for a toothpaste that has a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate in it. These two ingredients are basically the same and will help with the sensitivity with your teeth. The most common toothpaste that is ADA approved and used by many is Sensodyne. There are many others out there that can help you too, just make sure before you pick one out, it has the ADA seal on it.
If it is tartar or what your dentist will refer to as “calculus” that you are trying to alleviate, you need a toothpaste containing pyrophosphates or zinc citrate. These chemicals will not get rid of the build up once it has started, only your dentist can do that, but what it will do is help to prevent it from forming. Any of the toothpastes approved by the ADA that claim to be tartar control can do this for you, the most common used and recommended is Crest Tartar Protection.
Most preferable is a “total-care” toothpaste as long as it is ADA approved, this will help with fighting everything,decay, gum disease and keep your mouth fresh. So you are getting the best toothpaste for gingivitis, cavity control and bad breath etc. all in one product, just make sure the total-care product you choose is ADA approved and it will do what it says it will do. One of the most common total-care tooth pastes is Colgate Total Care with Whitening.
No matter which toothpaste you buy or use, remember, it does no good if you don’t brush your teeth with it. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least 3 times a day and don’t forget to floss!