January 5, 2018
As you walk the aisles of your local grocery store, you’ll pick and choose random items that you’d like to try. You drop them into your basket next to your staple items and then start heading towards the self-care section. Soon, you find yourself in front of a massive aisle of different toothpaste varieties. “Should I try something new?” You wonder.
Your dentist in Plano is no stranger to the overwhelming choice toothpaste manufacturers offer. That’s why he’s made it easy for you to know which toothpaste is right for you.
What to Look for in a Toothpaste
When buying your next tube, look for the ADA’s Seal of Approval on the back or front of the packaging. Toothpastes with this seal prove that the manufacturer made the effort to have their product evaluated for safety and effectiveness. In a world where recalls can happen at any time, you’ll want to make sure your toothpaste is safe and works.
You’ll also want to consider who you’re buying toothpaste for. Is it for yourself or for your entire family? If you’re buying toothpaste for your kids, try opting for one with fruity flavors and sparkling flecks in the paste itself. If you want a whiter smile or need to control for a specific condition, the toothpaste should say this on its packaging.
Now, we’ll go over some of the common traits found in different kinds of toothpaste.
The standard for toothpaste, fluoride is the active ingredient that works to reduce tooth decay. Without this, your teeth will always be at risk. Fluoride works by protecting your teeth from acids that bacteria releases when you consume food.
For over 50 years, fluoride has made teeth enamel stronger and less likely to suffer damage from acids. It’s also worked to reverse early stages of acid damage through a process known as remineralization.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
Tartar control toothpaste works to prevent the buildup of hardened plaque known as tartar or calculous. While most tartar control toothpaste contains fluoride, it also contains chemical compounds like pyrophosphate and zinc citrate to prevent tartar buildup. Use this if you are specifically vulnerable to tartar and ask your dentist if you aren’t sure.
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
If you have teeth sensitivity, you’ll find solace in the many brands that cater to you. These toothpastes contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride and take up to 4 weeks to provide relief. This toothpaste still has enough fluoride to keep your teeth protected, so don’t worry about sacrificing it to meet your needs.
These toothpastes contain abrasive particles or chemicals specifically designed to polish teeth and pull stains off the surface of your teeth. This toothpaste is also meant to whiten your teeth without damaging the enamel, so you can use it just like standard toothpaste.
Still not sure which toothpaste is right for you? Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Plano today for a recommendation!
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard graduated from Texas A&M University to earn his BS in biology. He then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry. He’s an active member of many dental associations so he can provide patients the most up-to-date care possible. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (972) 423-0880 or visit his website.
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