We have all been there, at the grocery store standing in the dental care aisle looking for a tube of toothpaste, and the amount of choices is so overwhelming that you grab the stuff that is most similar to your last tube of toothpaste and promptly leave, left wondering if you grabbed the best option.
This post is meant to help you decided if you are using the best toothpaste for your oral health needs.
Where Do I Start?
First, let us identify the two main difference in toothpaste. Gel vs. Paste and is there a difference?
Actually, they both have similar ingredients, so it comes down to personal preference. Gel toothpaste is going to feel smooth vs paste, which will have a gritty texture. Either way your teeth will get clean if you are brushing following the “Rule of 2”(Brush two minutes, two times a day).
Fluoride… To Fluoride or not to Fluoride, that is the question.
There is much debate about fluoride online, but what is it and what does it do? Fluoride is the 13th most abundant element found in the earth’s crust. Fluoride aides in re-mineralization of the teeth, protecting them from cavities and decay. It is added to some cities water supply and toothpastes.
The Oakton Family Dentistry doctors recommend – Fluoride in your toothpaste
Stained or Yellow Teeth
If your teeth are yellowing or have stain, a whitening toothpaste is a good place to start. Typically, whitening toothpaste does not contain bleach, instead mild abrasives and chemicals polish and remove the stains. If you are not satisfied with the result after 1 month of using whitening toothpaste, contact Oakton Family Dentistry for a free consultation to discuss stronger options.
The Oakton Family Dentistry doctors recommend – Sensodyne true white
Have you experienced hot or cold sensitivity? First, visit Oakton Family Dentistry to rule out a problem such as a cavity or another dental problem that could lead to a root canal or tooth loss. Once we know there isn’t a dental problem starting, a desensitizing toothpaste will be your next option. Look for a toothpaste that has desensitizing ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.
The Oakton Family Dentistry Doctors recommend – Sensodyne
If you prefer Natural
This can be anything from baking soda or a homemade recipe, to an actual all natural toothpaste you can purchase. These toothpastes are not mainstream; however, they are gaining popularity. If you prefer not to make your own, Toms of Main whitening and children’s toothpaste have been accepted by the American Dental Association.
The Oakton Family Dentistry Doctors recommend – Homemade paste. Mix baking soda and water
If you wear Dentures
Any ADA recommended toothpaste will work for cleaning your denture. The best option would be Denture Tablets, they are proven to be more effective at cleaning your dentures than brushing alone. Place a tablet in a glass of water and soak your dentures.
The Oakton Family Dentistry Doctors recommend – Polident
The flavor of your toothpaste is a personal preference and does not make one toothpaste better than another.
Dr. Scimeca– Mint
Dr. Elhady– Spearmint
We hope this list of toothpastes will help you make a more informed decision the next time you find yourself in the toothpaste isle.
If you have more questions about what type of toothpaste to use, call Oakton Family Dentistry today!