THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.
There are as many product claims as there are toothpastes in the toothpaste aisle. The right toothpaste can prevent gum pain, stained teeth, cavities and even more serious dental issues.
For tooth sensitivity –
Many people have sensitivity to hot and cold foods on their teeth. This issue can occur due to serious dental issues such as civilities or infections, but is most likely caused by brushing to roughly. Sensitive teeth may also be caused by extra sensitive gums or exposed roots, which aren’t necessarily signs of poor brushing or flossing habits. “There are many toothpastes on the market designed to reduce pain due to sensitivity. Opt for toothpastes containing a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate,” suggests Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.
For yellowing teeth –
Whitening toothpastes contain modified silicone abrasives designed to help improve the appearance of your teeth. “The objective of whitening toothpaste is to polish teeth and help prevent stains but they aren’t meant to remove older discolorations, for those you will need to visit your dentist.” Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.
For cavity prevention –
According to the ADA, plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is continually forming on your teeth. Plaque interacts with foods especially sugars to produce acids that eat away at enamel. So how do we fight this evil foe? Fluoride! Fluoride coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids. Most toothpaste contains fluoride so any product that features the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job.
For tartar buildup prevention –
No one likes the hardened yellow build up called Tarter. Tartar, which dentists sometimes call “calculus,” comes from bacterial plaque that has hardened. Once plaque has hardened, no matter how much you brush the tarter will only come off with a dental cleaning. A tarter-fighting toothpaste can prevent the plaque from hardening. Dr. Rogers suggests looking for a toothpaste that contains the ingredients pyrophosphates or zinc citrate.
For the all-natural product –
Among the myriad of toothpastes on the aisle, you may find a few all-natural products. “All-natural, herbal toothpastes can be just as effective as anti-microbial based pastes,” Ada Cooper, DDS, a New York-based dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA).
For denture wearers –
Dentures still need to be cleaned just like any other teeth. A good toothpaste will work but effervescent tablets or solutions have been shown to clean more effectively than brushing. Soaking dentures will help maintain a fresh, clean smile.
Dr Rogers does caution, “No toothpaste can make up for the lack of brushing and flossing. Excellent hygiene and regular visits to your dentists for preventative cleanings will help you maintain a beautiful smile.”