“Life is short, smile while you still have teeth.”
You may chuckle at that quote, but for many, it’s all too real. On average, by the age of 50, most Americans have lost about 12 teeth!
How can you save your teeth? It all comes down to a good routine of dental care. An important factor involved is your toothpaste.
Whitening, tartar control, fluoride, gel, organic… With so many different kinds of toothpaste to choose from, how do you know what’s right for you?
Brace yourself. You can save your precious pearly whites by reading this guide.
Different Kinds of Toothpaste
Most kinds of toothpaste target a specific area of need. Make sure to take into consideration what you need most. Let’s take a look at each toothpaste type one by one.
Everybody wants that Hollywood smile. Whitening toothpaste can help to prevent stains on the surface of your teeth. But a dentist professional whitening is always more effective.
This goal of this toothpaste is to ease your teeth if they are sensitive.
Baking Soda Toothpaste
Baking soda toothpaste is not as abrasive as traditional toothpaste. It’s a good option for those who have receding gums or eroded teeth.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
This is the best toothpaste if you have a build up of tartar.
Smokers’ toothpaste is abrasive and aids in removing tar and nicotine stains. It can also help to tackle bad breath.
Healthy Gums Toothpaste
Some toothpaste targets the dental plaque along your gum line, as this may cause gum disease. This is key for people who suffer from periodontitis or gingivitis.
There are some major dos and don’ts with toothpaste, but some things are down to preference. For example:
- Gels or pastes (it’s up to you!)
- Flavor (choose one that doesn’t make you gag)
- Organic (natural toothpaste is great for those who want chemical free)
The best toothpaste should have approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). They will display their seal on the packaging. To get their approval the toothpaste must:
- Contain fluoride
- Be free from sugar
- Have scientific proof of its safety and effectiveness
- Contain ingredients to improve oral hygiene
Products without this seal of approval are a gamble as you do not know what effect they may have on your teeth.
For instance, some natural toothpaste can cause irreversible damage to your enamel. The ADA has a complete list of approved products such as Crest toothpaste. The list also includes natural, organic, and mineralizing toothpaste options too.
Also, make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. This natural mineral protects your teeth from cavities, decay, and enamel erosion.
Some toothpastes are sold as cosmetics instead of certified dental products. These products may do more harm than good.
Here are some of the things you need to watch out for:
- SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can cause canker sores and irritation)
- Sweetened toothpaste (this one is a no-brainer)
- Abrasive whitening toothpaste (this could be too harsh on your enamel)
- Natural toothpaste (that isn’t ADA approved)
All toothpastes contain abrasive agents, but the level should be under 250 RDA. Anything over may damage the enamel, leaving you open to decay and stains.
Teeth Are Always In Style
Choosing toothpaste may seem like a simple task, but there is more to it than you might think. Make sure to do your research, read the labels, and weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.
If you’re finding it hard to find the best toothpaste for your particular needs, don’t worry. Nicholson Family Dental is here to help. Book an appointment and have a chat with a professional dentist today.