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Choosing the Right Toothpaste

March 28, 2015 - Advice, Dental Tips

With so many different options today choosing the right toothpaste can be confusing. Here is some basic information regarding toothpaste that will help make the decision process easier.

When choosing toothpaste the most important ingredient to look for is fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that protects and prevents tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride can make tooth enamel stronger and can even reverse the early stages of acid damage. Even if your drinking water is fluoridated you should still purchase toothpaste with fluoride as it provides a high concentration of fluoride directly to your teeth.

Another important aspect of toothpaste is tartar control. Plaque forms on teeth from bacteria in the mouth; if the plaque is not removed it can harden which is called tartar. Tartar can build up on teeth and under gums leading to gum disease. Tartar control toothpaste contains an anti-plaque agent and finding toothpastes that contain more than one of these agents has proven more effective against tartar build up. In most cases toothpastes that fight tartar control will also contain fluoride and purchasing toothpaste that contains both is ideal.

If you have sensitive teeth you may need to purchase toothpaste that contains chemical compounds that offer relief and protection against hot and cold sensitivity. Toothpastes for sensitivity usually begin working within 4 weeks.

Many people would like whiter teeth and choosing whitening toothpaste can help achieve this goal. Typically whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach but rather abrasive particles or chemicals that remove stains and polish teeth.

Choosing reliable and safe toothpaste can be easy if you look for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) seal of approval. This guarantees your toothpaste has been tested to ensure it is healthy for your mouth. Toothpaste companies such as Crest, Colgate and Sensodyne have all received the CDA seal of approval. Lastly, choosing the right toothpaste is a matter of personal preference. Enjoying the taste and texture of your toothpaste will ensure you will brush for the recommended two minutes or longer twice a day.

For information about choosing the right toothbrush please read our previous blog.