If you’re like the majority of people you don’t give much thought to the brand of toothpaste you’re using. Maybe you’ve been using the same brand all your life and are loyal to that brand or just grab whatever is on sale. There are some things you might want to consider when choosing a product because some brands might be better than others at contributing to your overall oral health.
ADA approval – the major brands of toothpaste if that’s what you’re already buying will probably have ADA approval, you’ll see it right on the box. Why is this important? The American Dental Association seal of approval assures you that the product is deemed safe and effective and should be the first thing you look for in a toothpaste. Beyond that here’s a few other things to consider.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
The layer of bacteria we all have on our teeth and underneath the gums is more commonly known as plaque. Failing to remove the plaque results in a buildup that hardens into tartar that can the lead to gum disease. At home oral care helps to control the buildup but regular dental cleanings are the only way to completely remove it. Using a tartar control toothpaste will assist in the removal especially in those prone to a buildup.
For those coffee and/or wine lovers stains on the teeth are going to be an issue and there are good teeth whitening procedures to help with staining. Along with that use of a whitening toothpaste helps, these products can cause tooth sensitivity and are not recommended for those under 18 years of age.
Toothpaste For Sensitive Teeth
For anyone who experiences sensitive teeth when eating or drinking hot or cold foods a specially formulated toothpaste can relieve the problem. These pastes work by inhibiting the passageways that go from the surface of the tooth to the nerves.
Using a pea sized amount of toothpaste once a child is 2 has been recommended by the ADA for decades, they now suggest using a smear of toothpaste formulated especially for children once their first teeth have erupted.