How Do I Pick Good Toothpaste?

Many people are faced with this question from time to time, especially when there are many different brands of toothpaste on the supermarket shelves. With each brand claiming to be the best, it can be hard to make a smart choice.  How can you know if you are picking the best toothpaste that will be most effective in fighting cavities while giving you fresh breath all day long? This article will give you tips on how to choose the best toothpaste for your needs. Look at the ingredients The best toothpaste, according to dentists, is one with the proper mix of ingredients like fluoride for fighting cavities and plaque, and therefore, the brand you choose does not matter. Any brand of toothpaste with this fluoride mineral will be effective. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay, and it hardens your teeth. The toothpaste you choose must have the dental association seal of approval. This association only approves toothpastes that are effective and safe for use. Toothpaste manufacturers are required to apply to this association for approval. Their toothpaste then undergoes testing for effectiveness, and to make sure there are no harmful ingredients. Your personal preference also comes into play when choosing toothpaste. The flavor of the toothpaste and the price may determine whether you prefer a certain brand or not.  Toothpaste manufacturers have many different flavors, including mint, herbal, orange, cinnamon and vanilla. Children may prefer toothpaste with milder flavors made specifically for their taste. When choosing toothpaste, you may also need to consider one that meets your dental needs, especially if you have special concerns like sensitive teeth. There are special toothpastes made for people with sensitive teeth. This toothpaste may contain an added ingredient to make your teeth less sensitive after using it for a few weeks. If you need this particular toothpaste, look for one with potassium nitrate as the active ingredient. The best toothpaste is less abrasive Toothpaste with baking soda as an ingredient is less abrasive than other toothpastes.  It is also suitable for people with sensitive teeth. This toothpaste is also very good for people with eroded teeth or recessive gums due to using an abrasive toothbrush too vigorously. If you want toothpaste that prevents the formation of tartar, which is hardened plaque, then find toothpaste with pyrophosphate as the active ingredient. The toothpaste, however, cannot remove tartar. To remove tartar, visit your dentist for a professional cleaning. Some toothpaste has an added ingredient to maintain the whiteness of your teeth, especially after you have undergone a bleaching procedure to make your teeth whiter. Look for whitening toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide. Some toothpaste is especially good if you have dentures. Dentures easily absorb odors, and tend to stain after continued use. Your dentist may recommend effective toothpaste for cleaning dentures. Dr. Peter Hazim can professionally clean your teeth and suggest a toothpaste for cleaning dentures. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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