When you walk down the toothpaste aisle at the grocery or drug store, you’re faced with a multitude of toothpastes to choose from. How do you decide which is best for you and your family? It’s important to understand the basic components of each product so you can make the best decision for the health of your teeth.
When you brush your teeth, you remove most of the harmful bacteria and plaque that build up from the food and drinks you consume. Be sure to choose a brand of toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that protects teeth by strengthening enamel and helping reduce both tooth decay and gum disease.
Consider any special needs your teeth may have. If you smoke, drink a lot of coffee, or consume other foods and drinks that stain teeth, you’ll want to use a toothpaste with whitening agents. If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, consider trying a toothpaste made especially for tooth sensitivity.
Toothpaste manufacturers also make toothpastes specifically for children. These are less abrasive, and should be less damaging to teeth. Make sure to find one that contains fluoride; other than that, choose whichever they prefer in terms of taste. The important thing is that they use it and brush twice daily.
Some toothpastes may be more abrasive than your teeth can handle. Baking soda is considered very safe, and is a very low abrasive. Tartar control toothpastes tend to be much more abrasive, as its goal is to reduce the rough tartar that develops on teeth over time. Check with your dentist before using it, as it can potentially lead to enamel damage and tooth sensitivity if you brush too hard with it.
Choose a toothpaste that has been awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, which designates that the product meets requirements for safety and effectiveness. For more information, please contact:
Webster Cosmetic Dentistry, Ltd.
1121 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
Ph: (630) 663-0554