Years ago, there weren’t many options for toothpaste at the store. These days, it seems like
there are too many options! From whitening toothpastes to formulas for sensitive teeth, it’s
not always easy to know which ones are actually beneficial for your teeth.
The good news is that as long as you’re brushing your teeth regularly, the type of toothpaste
you use won’t matter as much. Here are a few things you can look for when choosing
toothpaste at the store to help you make the best pick!
Talk to Your Dentist about Fluoride
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends fluoride in toothpaste as it can help cut
down on the prevalence of cavities in both children and adults. However, many sources of
water are also enhanced with fluoride to help stop tooth decay. If you or your child receives
multiple sources of fluoride, it could be affecting your tooth enamel.
The important thing is to talk to your dentist during your checkup about your consumption of
fluoride. If you’re consuming water that has fluoride in it as well as using a toothpaste with
fluoride, there’s a chance you could be receiving too much of this mineral. Your dentist can help
you determine whether or not you should select a traditional fluoride toothpaste or skip the
fluoride with fluoride-free formulas.
Check for the ADA Seal
Although all toothpastes will get the job done, those who have the American Dental
Association’s seal on them have a few characteristics about them that may further help your
smile. All toothpastes that have ADA approval have the following features in common:
They all contain fluoride
They do not contain any sugar
They have been proven to be safe
They may help with tooth sensitivity and gum disease
The ADA seal on your toothpaste can help ensure you’re choosing a quality paste. There are
several brands of toothpastes that contain the ADA seal of approval, including natural brands
such as Tom’s and Hello, both of which make toothpastes for kids!
Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?
If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, choosing a toothpaste that’s marketed for people like you
may help. You can talk with your dentist about which brands are most effective, but any
toothpaste that’s for sensitive teeth may be able to relieve your discomfort.
Toothpastes that are for sensitive teeth often contain the same abrasive agents for scrubbing
and plaque-fighting features as other toothpastes, so there’s no reason not to get some added
protection from your sensitivity while you brush! Always talk to your dentist about your tooth
sensitivity to ensure your tooth enamel is healthy.
What kind of toothpaste do you use? Some people have their favorites while others try a
different kind every time they run out. It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day regardless
of what type of toothpaste you use. Ask your dentist if toothpaste with fluoride is your best bet,
look for the ADA seal of approval, and opt for a sensitive option if you need it. Happy brushing!