Choosing the Right Toothpaste

So you may not put a lot of thought into all the different types of toothpaste available in the toothpaste aisle unless you have a specific issue with your teeth that you’re addressing. Are they really all that different after all? While many of them boast special features targeting specific issues, most of them contain fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. In case you’re wondering how different they really are, here’s a rundown of the most common types.

Anti-decay toothpaste
This is your most basic type of toothpaste, and they will all contain fluoride in some form or another. Adult versions typically contain 1,000 ppm of fluoride while a children’s toothpaste will have around 500 ppm and will have a cartoon logo and be flavored to the tastes of children.

Desensitizing toothpaste
There are a few different types of desensitizing toothpaste, the majority of which contain Potassium as their active ingredient. These work by neutralizing the pain response in teeth in the presence of hot and cold food and drinks. Fluoride is also used in these types of toothpastes to strengthen enamel.

Whitening toothpaste
These toothpastes whiten teeth by using coarse abrasives in their formula, which scrub the stains on the surface of your teeth. While they may get rid of stains on your teeth, prolonged use of abrasive whitening toothpastes can wear away your tooth enamel. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, talk to your dentist about the quickest and safest ways to whiten your teeth.

Tartar Control toothpaste
This kind is specifically geared to reduce plaque accumulationbefore it hardens into tartar, where it can begin to inflame and irritate your gums. Different brands of anti-plaque toothpastes contain different active ingredients.

Your dentist can perform a thorough oral exam and talk to you about specific issues that need to be addressed and give you tips on how to improve or maintain your oral health. Regardless of the type of toothpaste you use, brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily is an important part of a great oral care routine. If you have a specific issue, or if you’re due for a regular checkup, make an appointment today.