Too Much Toothpaste

Published on March 14, 2013 by

What was once a quick errand is now more confusing and bewildering than ever. With over 400 options and 75-100 new types of toothpaste hitting the shelves each year, it’s more and more difficult for consumers to choose the perfect tube. But the question is: what is the best kind of toothpaste for you? Should you go for tartar control? Fluoride? Both? Not to forget whitening toothpastes or all natural brands. Here is a quick reference guide on what to look for while choosing the best option for you.

Fluoride Toothpaste
The most important ingredient to look for when choosing toothpaste is fluoride. Its use has been instrumental in the dramatic drop in tooth decay and cavity occurrence that has taken place over the past 50 years. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and starches that remain on your teeth after eating. Fluoride helps protect your teeth from the acid that is released when this happens.

Tartar Control Toothpaste
There are many tartar control toothpastes on the market, most of which contain fluoride. Everyone has a layer of bacteria on their teeth called plaque. If plaque isn’t removed promptly with proper oral hygiene, it hardens into tartar. This hard-to-remove deposit can build up on your teeth and under your gums. Thus, tartar control is a good option.

Toothpastes for Sensitive Teeth
For people who have teeth that are easily irritated buy hot or cold temperatures, there are toothpastes available that are specially formulated for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These chemical compounds, which can take up to four weeks to offer relief, reduce tooth sensitivity by blocking pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves.

Whitening Toothpaste
To help people on a quest for pearly whites, many whitening toothpastes are now being marketed for everyday use. Whitening toothpastes do not typically contain bleaches. Instead, they contain abrasive particles or chemicals that effectively polish the teeth or bind to stains and help pull them off the tooth surface.

Tips for selecting toothpaste
Opt for ADA approval. Whatever your toothpaste needs, be sure to select toothpaste that has earned an American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Toothpastes that have earned this distinction have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent review board of scientific experts. All toothpastes earning the ADA seal contain fluoride — the most important ingredient in any toothpaste.

Consider your needs and the needs of your family members. As long as you select fluoride-containing toothpaste, the best toothpaste is a matter of personal choice and preference.

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