Are you using the right toothpaste? Most people would probably answer that the type of toothpaste they buy doesn’t really matter. It’s all basically the same, right? While that may have been true once, today, there are many different brands and types of toothpaste, and some of it is specially made for certain oral health needs. Here are a few ways you can determine if you’re using the best toothpaste for you.
Most toothpastes do contain fluoride, but there are some that don’t. This ingredient is important because it helps your mouth battle tooth decay. It helps counter the acids that the bacteria in your mouth release. This acid is what actually causes cavities and other oral health issues. If you’re not getting enough fluoride, you may have more dental problems than most people.
Tartar is the calcified form of plaque. If you don’t remove plaque from your mouth regularly by brushing, it will turn into tartar, which is much harder to remove. In fact, you have to come in for a professional cleaning to get most of it off. Tartar-control toothpaste will help prevent this calcified plaque from building up, although it won’t necessarily remove any tartar that’s already formed.
If your teeth are stained, you may want to make use of whitening toothpaste. This toothpaste contains a bleaching agent that will help remove some of the stains on your teeth. It’s not as powerful as whitening kits or what we can do with our professional whitening tools, but it can help.
Finally, if you have really sensitive teeth, you may need toothpaste designed to help reduce the pain from eating or drinking really hot and cold foods and drink. This toothpaste will help you achieve that within a week or so.
Have any other questions about the right type of toothpaste? Give us a call or come in to talk to one of our experts.