Toothpastes come in many forms and a variety of different flavors, benefits, and endorsements. All are designed to remove surface bacteria and prevent the buildup of plaque that can cause tooth decay. With so many choices, Dr. Maryam Adibfar knows that selecting the right toothpaste can be difficult. So how can you know which toothpaste is best for you? Let’s take a closer look at your options.
Fluoride is an essential ingredient in a daily toothpaste. It helps to protect the tooth from decay by removing plaque and strengthening the enamel. All toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Approval contain fluoride.
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth’s enamel is damaged, exposing dentin, the next layer of the tooth. If you are having issues with tooth sensitivity, consider a toothpaste that has ingredients that can help to numb troubled areas. Specially formulated toothpaste can help treat enamel deficiencies with fluoride and offer desensitizing agents to help numb any discomfort while brushing.
Some toothpastes contain bleaches, abrasives, or other whitening agents to help reduce yellowing in the teeth and brighten your smile. If you want to really whiten your teeth, you should schedule a professional whitening treatment.
Children under age 12 should use children’s toothpaste. It’s specifically formulated for “baby teeth” and isn’t harmful if swallowed because it contains less fluoride than adult toothpaste.
Natural toothpaste, formulated without artificial ingredients and foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate, can be an excellent option but a lot of natural brands don’t use fluoride.
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Selecting the right toothpaste can be complicated if you don’t know what to look for. Consider the oral health issues you want to treat, decide on whether you want a natural or artificial product, and look for fluoridated toothpaste if you have weak enamel or you don’t get fluoride from other sources. If in doubt, talk to your dentist about what toothpaste you should be using.
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