Maybe you’re a person who reads the packaging thoroughly, making sure you understand all of the ingredients. Maybe you’re a person of habit and have faithfully purchased the same toothpaste since you were young. Or, maybe you simply buy depending on which brand is on sale. No matter what your buying habits are, sometimes it can still get overwhelming deciding what toothpaste to purchase when there are so many options to choose from in the dental aisle.
Many people have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing which brand, not to mention which type, of toothpaste is best for their teeth and they often look to their practitioner to help navigate their decision. The truth is, the best choice for you will be different than the best choice for someone else, simply because needs vary from person to person.
Types of Toothpaste
We know it can be difficult to narrow down your choices when there are so many different types of toothpaste to choose from. One type can be a better fit for you than another depending on what you’re looking to achieve. Here are the most common types of toothpaste:
- Tartar Control
- Enamel Strengthening
Here are 3 of our top tips in narrowing down which toothpaste type might be best for you.
If You Have Sensitive Teeth…
Avoid whitening toothpaste! Though toothpaste with strong whitening capabilities can be effective at removing those stubborn coffee and tea stains that we all hate, the chemicals used to initiate the whitening are pretty harsh and can cause irritation in your gums and teeth. If you already have sensitive teeth to begin with it’s best to avoid the teeth whitening products. Instead, gravitate towards kinds of toothpaste that claim to soothe sensitive teeth.
If You’re Struggling With Cavities…
Be extra cautious with reading your labels to avoid buying toothpaste that has an excessive amount of sugar. Children’s toothpaste can be especially bad for this. Though toothpaste is meant to clean away the debris and bacteria that has accumulated within your mouth, by using toothpaste with lots of sugar you can actually elevate the problem and promote further cavities and tooth decay. Instead, gravitate towards toothpaste that claims to be strengthening and/or protective.
The Importance of Fluoride
When picking out a toothpaste that will benefit the health of your teeth, fluoride is one of the most important ingredients to check for on the label. Fluoride has impressive natural abilities to strengthen your enamel which protects your teeth from cavities, decay and chipping/cracking.