Everyone’s teeth are different, and the toothpaste that works best for your smile when depend on your unique needs and preferences. From protection and whitening to sensitivity care and tartar prevention, there’s a lot to consider in choosing the toothpaste that will help achieve your best smile.
With so many options lining the aisle, it can be hard to know which toothpaste is best for you. We’re here to shed some light on the finer details of these products and what to keep in mind when making your decision.
Health vs. taste
Picking a toothpaste often comes down to these two factors. You obviously want to pick a product that is going to be effective and improve your smile, but no one wants to brush their teeth twice a day with slime that tastes awful – no matter how good it’ll make you look. Taste matters to people, and that’s okay. It’s actually a good thing, because if your toothpaste tastes better then you’ll want to brush more often. We like that.
However, you don’t want to sacrifice health just for taste. Maybe you love the taste of children’s strawberry toothpaste, but that’s probably not the best option for an adult. Fortunately, it’s easy to find great-tasting toothpastes that also offer the health benefits you need.
Look for the ADA seal of approval
We’d advise against buying a toothpaste that doesn’t have the ADA seal of approval on the box. This seal indicates the product has undergone serious testing, any claims made on the box are legitimate and accurate, and the ingredients used are effective. You can’t cut corners with your smile, and it’s important the toothpaste you use is in line with industry standards.
If you’re looking for advanced protection
Toothpastes that contain fluoride are more effective in protecting against cavities, enamel decay, and gum disease. If you’ve had trouble with any of these in the past or are concerned about a problem arising, look for the ADA seal that says “anti-cavity.” That’ll keep you covered — as long as you also floss and visit your dentist twice a year. It also helps to not rinse immediately after brushing with fluoride, in order to give the mineral more time to coat and protect your teeth.
If you’re looking to whiten your smile
Whitening is commonly sought after in toothpastes and is a feature that will also help polish your teeth and prevent stain buildup. However, if your teeth or gums are sensitive to heat or cold, it’s best to avoid toothpastes with whitening benefits, as they tend to irritate or cause further discomfort in such situations. Don’t expect whitening toothpastes to give you a bright movie-star caliber smile. Removing stains and discoloration often requires professional whitening services you can only get from your dentist.
A couple more thoughts on sensitive teeth
Toothpastes that contain desensitizing ingredients like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate may help lessen the pain caused by sensitive teeth or gums. In some cases, sensitivity may be caused by brushing too roughly. If you’re experiencing pain, we’d be happy to take a look and determine the cause and solution.
If you’re looking for tartar prevention
Tartar is caused by bacterial plaque that hardens on your teeth and is basically immune to brushing once it has formed (though we can get it off using a dental pick). It’s best to get ahead of the problem if you’ve had severe buildup in the past. Consult with your dentist for the best strategies to keep tartar at bay.
If you’re looking for something natural
There are a wide variety of ADA-approved natural products that can be just as effective as their non-natural counterparts. Just look for the seal and you’ll know you’ve got a trusted product. There are also many ADA-approved denture cleaning products to help keep things fresh on a daily basis.
Don’t be afraid to ask
There’s obviously a lot to consider in choosing the right toothpaste for you. The first step is understanding whether or not you should have any concerns about your oral health. Soft Dental is here to help deliver a comprehensive and personalized dental experience just for you. Our goal is to achieve your best smile. If you have any questions about the right toothpaste for you or any other oral health concerns, schedule an appointment today. Our friendly and experienced team would be glad to have you in and keep you smiling comfortably.