What Kind of Toothpaste is Best?
Picking the right toothpaste for you and your family depends on what results you’re looking for from your oral home care. For all children adults the number one priorities should be cavity prevention and gum care. Standard pastes made by Crest™, Colgate™, and other major brands are generally sufficient to meet these priorities if used properly. If your teeth are prone to cavities, though, you may need a little extra help. Supplementing your normal brushing routine with a protective mouthwash is a great solution.
toothbrushAnother type of toothpaste that can help protect your teeth is one that promises tartar control. Tartar is a buildup of bacteria that calcifies on your teeth to form plaque, usually along the gumlines and in between each tooth. How exactly does this paste work differently from other, more basic pastes? It has a special formula that prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth’s enamel. If those bacteria are brushed away instead of deposited, the likelihood of plaque formation goes down. However, regular dental cleanings are still necessary to remove existing tartar. The toothpaste is not 100% effective in preventing tartar buildup, but it is effective at minimizing it.
A final toothpaste that often graces the shelves of the hygiene aisle is a whitening paste. Whitening is a process that can be done easily at your dentist’s office, but it’s also an easy process to start at home. If you’re looking to make your teeth just a shade or two whiter, a whitening agent in your toothpaste can be helpful. Major toothpaste brands make whitening pastes galore. A whitening agent isn’t necessary in maintaining healthy teeth, but it’s perfectly safe to use if you’re looking for a brighter smile.
A good indicator of an effective toothpaste is the American Dental Association seal of approval. It’s especially critical to look for this seal if you use organic toothpastes that don’t have the same ingredients as the leading brands. Don’t forget-flossing and regular dental cleanings are important, too! If you’re still having trouble choosing a toothpaste, ask Dr. Carter at your next appointment for a recommendation.