What Makes a Good Toothpaste
When it comes to toothpaste, there are seemingly infinite possibilities available. There are toothpastes for gum health, toothpastes for sensitive teeth, toothpastes for bad breath, and even toothpastes for whiter teeth. With all the options it may be difficult to pick the perfect toothpaste, but do not fear, we are here to help!
Dentist Tested and Approved
If you aren’t interested in a fancy toothpaste that whitens your smile or helps your sensitive teeth, there are some things that can make purchasing a great toothpaste easy. The first thing to make sure of is that your toothpaste is approved by the American Dental Association or ADA. You can always locate a seal of approval from the ADA on reputable toothpastes. This seal guarantees that the toothpaste has been tested and is safe for human use. It also guarantees that the toothpaste contains the ingredients it says on the box.
Check for Fluoride
Fluoride has been proven to help strengthen teeth and protect them from harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. On the packaging of toothpaste, fluoride is referred to as many different names, so it’s important to keep an eye out. Some of the more common names that will appear on toothpaste boxes are sodium fluoride, monofluoride phosphate, and stannous fluoride.
Check for Abrasiveness
The way toothpastes work is by providing enough abrasive power to remove built on bacteria. This abrasive power is created by using various ingredients. Each toothpaste falls on a scale of abrasiveness, but all toothpastes that have the ADA seal of approval fall within a range. We recommend erring on the side of caution and choosing a toothpaste that is more mild than aggressive, because highly abrasive toothpastes can actually cause more damage than good with long term use.
Avoid Whitening Toothpastes if Possible
Toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth can actually damage teeth over a long period. The whitening agents found in some toothpastes have been proven to weaken enamel so it’s best to avoid them. Another reason to consider switching from whitening toothpastes is that most can only whiten your smile so much. The whitening agents in these toothpastes are weaker compared to professional whitening agents found in dentist offices like ours and may not fully whiten your teeth.
Sensitivity toothpastes can be a great way to help dampen the sensitivity of your teeth so you can eat hot or cold foods and drinks again, but they may also cover up serious dental problems. We always recommend stopping by for a visit at our office before trying to solve sensitive teeth with a toothpaste so we can address the issue head on instead of covering it up. Give us a call at 479-646-0706 if you would like to schedule an appointment about your sensitive teeth. We can also talk about the best toothpaste for you while you’re here!