How to Pick the Right Toothpaste
Find out if there is a certain kind of toothpaste that will be more effective for your smile.
When it comes to caring for your smile at home, you’ve already heard from your Chatham, NY dentists Dr. Domenic Riccobono and Dr. Vicki Cohn about how important it is to brush at least twice a day to prevent cavities and gum disease. But the tools you use to clean your teeth are often just as important as how you brush. Find out what kind of toothpaste is right for your smile, and what could offer you a better clean.
Types of Toothpaste
If you're looking to get their smiles a bit whiter—or if you’ve already had professional teeth whitening in Chatham and are looking to maintain your results longer—whitening toothpaste might be your best option. While they don’t actually contain bleach, they do contain abrasive ingredients to improve surface stains. Of course, whitening toothpaste will never be able to come close to the results of professional, in-office whitening.
From children to adults, fluoridated toothpaste is a great way to provide additional protection against decay. Furthermore, this toothpaste is a great way to remove plaque, which forms along the teeth and gums. Since plaque is known to cause decay and gum disease, using fluoride toothpaste will actually help to strengthen tooth enamel and remineralize tooth decay.
Whether we’ve told you that you have tartar buildup or if members of your family have been diagnosed with gum disease, this toothpaste contains plaque fighters, which can reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth and potential tartar buildup. If you are at risk for gum disease, ward against it with tartar-control toothpaste.
Tooth Sensitivity Toothpaste
If you find that your teeth are more sensitive to extreme temperatures like hot or cold there are sensitivity toothpastes out there to help ease your symptoms. Most people find some relief after about four weeks of using this toothpaste every day.
What Toothpaste to Choose
Here are some things you should consider before purchasing your next tube of toothpaste:
- Trust the Seal of Approval: It’s always best to opt for toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval. This means that it’s been evaluated and tested and is both safe and effective. Better yet, all toothpastes that have the seal of approval also contain fluoride.
- Factor in you and your family’s needs: Aside from choosing toothpaste that contains fluoride, which can help protect against decay, the best toothpaste for you will cater to your specific needs and preferences. If you are focused on getting your children to brush their teeth more consistently, then you’ll want to choose toothpaste that boasts fun flavors to get your little ones to brush. If you are looking to brighten your smile, then opt for toothpastes that contain hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to get a squeaky clean.
While incorporating the best tools for the job will go a long way to improving your oral health don’t forget the importance of seeing your Chatham dentist every six months for a professional cleaning. If it’s time for your checkup, call Countryside Dental today!