Brushing and flossing your teeth are daily routines. Brushing wouldn’t be nearly as effective without toothpaste, and believe it or not, using the correct toothpaste also makes a difference. Good oral hygiene is essential for healthy teeth and gums. The right toothpaste can play a critical role in oral health, but it can be difficult to know what product is best.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has outlined what to look for when buying toothpaste for adults, and children.
Check Out the Fluoride Content
The ADA considers fluoride to be an essential ingredient in toothpaste. Fluoride is a natural mineral that protects tooth enamel and fights cavities. Experts credit the fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water with the significant reduction in dental cavities over the past few decades. Numerous studies confirm that fluoride is a safe and effective treatment.
Is This Toothpaste ADA Approved?
Some toothpaste products carry the ADA seal of approval, which meets the ADA’s strict requirements and specifies that toothpaste must:
- Contain fluoride
- Include active ingredients to improve oral hygiene
- Contain no flavoring agents, such as sugar that cause tooth decay
- Have scientific evidence indicating that it is safe and effective
If you want to see if your toothpaste is approved by the ADA, check here.
Check the Label
Not all types of toothpaste are suitable for everyone, so check the label. Some products are not suitable for younger children. Check to see if there are any flavorings or sweeteners on the label.
Common ingredients include:
- Calcium carbonate and silicates, which are abrasive materials
- Glycerol, to give the toothpaste a gel-like consistency
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a detergent that causes toothpaste to foam
Choosing Toothpaste to Treat Specific Oral Problems
- Are your teeth stained? Do you need a whitening toothpaste? Whitening toothpaste can help remove stains from the teeth because they contain abrasive ingredients that polish or remove stains from the tooth’s surface.
- If you have sensitive teeth you would need to choose a toothpaste that is a desensitizing toothpaste. Desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds, such as potassium nitrate, to stop pain signals.
- If your teeth are extremely sensitive, brushing can be very painful and over the counter toothpastes may not provide enough relief. Brushing your teeth is paramount to having healthy teeth, and Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS may need to prescribe a stronger product. Prescription toothpaste may help alleviate the symptoms of sensitive teeth.
- Avoid whitening toothpaste that contains chemicals if you have sensitive teeth as these can make sensitivity worse. Dr. Evanson can advise you on which whitening options that are safe for sensitive teeth.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
Plaque forms on the teeth before and after brushing, and when plaque hardens, it turns into tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove and can contribute to gum disease. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings can prevent tartar deposits. In between regular dental cleanings a tartar-control toothpaste can help to prevent further tartar build-up.
Ask Dr. Evanson
Brushing with the right toothpaste is important for promoting a beautiful, healthy smile, but with so many options to choose from, it can be challenging to select a brand of toothpaste.
It’s not enough just to brush and floss every day. You should also schedule an appointment every six months for a dental exam and cleaning. If you live in Parker or the neighboring communities of Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree, call Dr. Evanson at (720) 409-0008 or contact us online. If you are unsure which toothpaste would best fit your needs, ask Dr. Evanson for her advice. She can factor in your specific situation when recommending products.Leave a reply →