Factors to Consider When Choosing a Toothpaste

Posted Jun 16th, 2017

Trying to choose the right toothpaste can be somewhat of an overwhelming task. You'll likely walk into the store only to be faced with a wall of different brands and types of toothpaste, each boasting to be the best cavity-fighting option. The good news is that it's fairly easy to narrow down your search once you know what to look for. Here's a handy guide from the Edmonton dentists of Azarko Dental Group for what to consider when choosing a toothpaste.

  1. Fluoride
    The dentists and hygienist at any Edmonton dental clinic will recommend that you use a toothpaste which contains fluoride. Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is important for building strong tooth enamel, fighting cavities, and reversing acid damage. Many people are today seeking more natural toothpaste options, but many such toothpastes do not contain fluoride. They may freshen your breath, but they lack the necessary cavity-fighting power.
  2. Tartar control
    Plaque bacteria hardens fairly quickly into a sticky substance known as tartar, which only a professional cleaning can remove from the surface of your teeth. Excess tartar can increase your chances of developing gum disease. If you have problems with quick and heavy tartar buildup, then a good tartar control toothpaste may be able to help.
  3. Sensitivity relief
    While severe sensitivity may require dental bonding, a crown, or even a root canal to fix, mild sensitivity might benefit from using a desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes work by blocking pain signals from reaching the nerve of a tooth. If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, sweetness, or acidity, then a desensitizing toothpaste may be able to provide you with relief.
  4. Whitening
    Whitening toothpastes are a great choice for those looking for a cleaner, brighter smile. The whitening agents used in whitening toothpastes aren't as strong as those used during a professional teeth whitening, but they can nevertheless help to whiten teeth that have some mild staining.
  5. Taste
    Taste is important when it comes to toothpaste, because you want to make sure you are buying a toothpaste you will actually use. If you skip brushings because you can't stand the taste of your toothpaste, then it doesn't matter how much cavity-fighting power, tartar control, sensitivity relief, or whitening it provides. Buy a fluoridated toothpaste that you'll actually use, and you're on the right track.

Personalized Tips from Your Edmonton Dentist

At Azarko Dental Group we care about every aspect of our patients' oral health, right down to the type of toothpaste they are using. Our friendly dentists and hygienists will be happy to provide you with additional tips about what kind of toothpaste would be best for you.

Your oral health is important, and you deserve to know which products are best suited to your unique needs. Get all of your oral health concerns and questions answered at the Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic today.

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