Tips for Buying the Right Toothpaste
Have you found yourself standing with a group of confused people, staring at the wall of toothpaste in your neighborhood drug store or grocery store? Buying toothpaste can be one of the most frustrating and confusing tasks. There are so many options to choose from, and no matter what brand of toothpaste you look at, they claim to have a cure for every common dental ailment. So, it’s easy to be confused and feel uncertain about your toothpaste choice. As your Troy area dentist, we want you to select a toothpaste product that you enjoy using, but is also appropriate for your dental health. To help reduce the confusion, here’s what you need to know about buying toothpaste.
What Your Toothpaste Must Have
If you want to keep your toothpaste choice simple and get a good product that will work for everyone in your home, you don’t have to buy the top of the line toothpaste. Most standard toothpastes will work just fine for cleaning all of your family’s teeth. However, if there is one “feature” that most dentists recommend in a good toothpaste, to get the biggest oral health benefit, is an “anti-cavity” toothpaste. Anti-cavity toothpastes are formulated with a small amount of the mineral Fluoride. Fluoride, in small concentrations, has been shown effective in preventing dental decay by strengthening tooth enamel. The other thing that your toothpaste must have is a seal from the American Dental Association. This seal tells you that the toothpaste has been proven by dentists to work as intended.
Do I Need a Whitening Product?
Many of our patients ask about whitening toothpastes. While these products are generally safe and there is no real harm in using them, most of our patients don’t need them. A twice per day brushing and flossing routine is generally enough to keep your teeth clean and white. However, if you find your smile looking a little yellow, a whitening toothpaste can help. Select a whitening toothpaste that uses a mild abrasive or chemical whitener so that you minimize the impacts on your tooth enamel.
Products for Sensitive Teeth
If you are already dealing with sensitive teeth, it’s probably been suggested that you use a toothpaste that is formulated for sensitive teeth. Sensitivity can be caused by enamel that has worn away over time, over brushing, or gums that have receded enough to expose the root. Sensitivity toothpastes generally contain an ingredient that penetrates your tooth and blocks the stimulus from reaching the nerve. Every major brand has at least one type of sensitivity tooth paste to choose from. Before you jump into buying one, make sure you consult with your dentist about the right one for your teeth.
What About Natural Toothpastes?
Natural toothpastes can be found in drugstores or natural food stores. These products usually don’t contain Fluoride and use ingredients such as peppermint oil, aloe and myrrh to clean your teeth and freshen breath. These toothpastes are often good for younger patients who may swallow toothpaste or for individuals who suffer from chemical sensitivities. Natural toothpastes are fine for most individuals with healthy teeth, so long as they maintain a regular routine for brushing and annual check-ups.
For More Information on Family / General Dentistry in Troy, Michigan
Toothpaste shopping doesn’t have to be difficult. Most products you find at your neighborhood drugstore or grocery store will work just fine. If you are still confused about the right product for your smile, Dr. Mansky and his staff can help you make the right decision for you and your family. If you are looking for a Troy area dentist, we are currently accepting new dental patients and accept most insurance. For a dental appointment at our Troy dental office or to learn more about our dental services, call us today at (248) 689-5508.