April 25, 2017

5 Helpful Things to Make Choosing A Toothpaste Easy

You’ve squeezed the last of the life out of your tube of toothpaste. The dreaded time has come. You have to face the convenience store’s wall of toothpaste!

You know what we’re talking about. You go to the store looking for a tube of toothpaste, but there are so many options available that you don’t know what to get.

The experience usually goes something like this: you either A) grab the first toothpaste brand you see and recognize, B) end up buying multiple types of toothpaste, or C) stand there reading the promised benefits of each toothpaste and realize that you’ve been staring at toothpaste for 10 minutes! Eventually, you grab one of many that sounded good and just hope for the best.

You’re not alone in feeling like buying toothpaste is stressful or such a hassle. Many people feel the same way. However, we’ve found that understanding your unique oral health needs makes buying toothpaste so much easier.

Here are five helpful things to make choosing a toothpaste easy:

Fluoride

When choosing a type of toothpaste, the most important thing to look for is fluoride. This naturally-occurring mineral helps protect the teeth from cavities. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and can reverse the early stages of tooth decay. It also helps with tooth sensitivity.

Tartar Control

Plaque, a layer of bacteria on the teeth, can harden into tartar if not removed with proper dental hygiene. Some toothpastes are designed to help prevent the buildup of tartar on your pearly whites. Effective tartar-fighting ingredients to look for are pyrophosphates and zinc citrate.

Whitening

If you would like a brighter smile, whitening toothpaste could be a good choice. Instead of containing peroxide, whitening toothpaste uses slightly abrasive particles to remove surface stains. Don’t worry! Studies have shown that whitening toothpaste is as gentle on the enamel as other types of toothpaste.

Sensitive Teeth

You may be one of those people whose teeth are sensitive to things like hot and cold temperatures. There is a type of toothpaste that can help! Toothpaste for sensitive teeth contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. However, the best toothpaste that can be purchased for sensitive teeth requires a prescription from a dentist. Prescription toothpaste will contain a higher percentage of fluoride compared to regular fluoride toothpaste.

ADA Approval

You can be confident that toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval does what it promises. Products with the ADA seal have been tested and evaluated for safety and effectiveness. In addition, all toothpaste types with the ADA seal contain fluoride.

We encourage you to ask your hygienist or Dr. James D. Powell which toothpaste would be most beneficial to you when you come in to see us. Contact Exceptional Dentistry at 661.349.7725 today to learn more and schedule a reservation with Dr. James D. Powell. Our dentist and team in Palmdale, California, are thrilled to help you improve and maintain your health!