Toothpaste is one of those items in the grocery store we usually just mindlessly grab based on price. However, believe it or not there are differences in the toothpastes you are purchasing. Next time you’re in the grocery store, step back and take a look at how many brands you’ll see – with most brands sporting several different types of toothpaste. What do you choose?
The Key Ingredient: Fluoride
When we brush, the main goal is to remove any plaque from our teeth that have been accumulating. As such, we recommend you to purchase toothpastes that contain fluoride. How do I know? The toothpaste will mention it somewhere on the package. If it’s not obvious, then simply look at the ingredients label on the back and it will be there.
Another way to confirm if the toothpaste contains fluoride is to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval noted by the badge, which contains the letters “ADA” on the packaging.
Important note: it is possible to manage the removal of plaque on teeth, but overtime if plaque is not addressed then it forms into a harder substance known as tartar. Some toothpastes offer “Tartar Protection”, but the only real way to remove tartar is at your dentist’s office using special tools.
What if I have sensitive teeth?
Those with sensitive teeth and gums should look into toothpastes that have desensitizing ingredients such as strontium chloride and potassium nitrate. These ingredients help block the pathways that lead to the nerves, which may be slightly exposed – causing your pain. A popular brand is Sensodyne.
Important note: chronically sensitive teeth may point to an underlying issue with your teeth or gums. If you notice teeth are still sensitive even after using specialized toothpastes, then schedule an appointment with your dentist for an examination and x-rays to make sure nothing serious is present.
What about dentures? What do I use?
If you have dentures, then any toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval will work fine. However, we suggest using effervescent tablets or solutions as they provide a more effective clean.