It’s interesting to see how many people will walk through the dental care isle at the store and simply pick up the toothpaste that has the coolest packaging or the best flavors. While there is certainly nothing wrong with doing so, consumers are missing out on an opportunity to select a product that can actually make a difference in their oral hygiene. It’s quite possible that most consumers don’t clearly understand the different options.
How to Select the Best Toothpaste
The best toothpaste is the one that best meets an individual’s personal hygiene needs and dental issues. Each type and/or brand addresses a different dental problem and in many cases, uses a combination of ingredients that will help combat several issues at the same time. It would very beneficial for people to consult with their dentist regarding which type of toothpaste would be best suited for their teeth.
Types of Toothpaste
The two ingredients that are common to most types of toothpaste include some type of abrasive that helps to remove stains and bacteria, and some type of artificial flavoring to help make brushing a more enjoyable experience. The different types include:
• Tartar Control
Tartar buildup and bacteria are the primary enemies of oral hygiene. A good tartar control toothpaste will contain multiple anti-plaque abrasive ingredients that help to prevent the buildup of tartar on the teeth and eventually, under the gums. This type of toothpaste is ideal for individuals who might be fighting or are prone to gum disease.
Fluoride is an essential ingredient used to strengthen the tooth’s enamel. The enamel is important because it helps to protect the teeth from decay caused by acid and/or bacteria. This type of toothpaste is especially beneficial for individuals who are prone to cavities due to weak enamel.
• Nicotine Control
One of the biggest issues related to oral hygiene for smokers is the buildup of tar and nicotine ingredients on the teeth that cause horrible stains. These types of stains are very difficult to remove. Special toothpastes are available that contain ingredients that are particularly effective at removing and preventing the buildup of smoking byproducts caused by heavy smoking.
• Tooth Sensitivity Control
Some individuals suffer acute pain from the effects of sensitive teeth. This sensitivity can be caused by hot, cold, sweet and sour foods and beverages. There are some toothpastes that contain ingredients that act as desensitizing agents, bringing the user relief from pain. These types of toothpaste are also low in abrasives that can cause tooth irritation.
There are some individuals who have difficulty keeping their teeth white due to stains or weak enamel. Toothpastes that promote whitening do so by one of two methods. They can contain harsh abrasives that help scrub stains from teeth, or they may contain whitening agents such as peroxide. As a word of caution, high abrasive toothpastes may cause removal of enamel.
• Breath Fresheners
For individuals with embarrassing breath problems, there are toothpastes available that provide extra antibacterial ingredients that help eliminate the bacteria that cause unpleasant odors.
• For Children
Most toothpastes that are designed for children contain the standard ingredients, but at lower levels of fluoride and abrasives.
Good dental hygiene is essential to good overall health. Now is a good time to schedule your next cleaning appointment with TLC Dentistry in Salinas. During your visit, be sure to ask for advice about which type of toothpaste the dentist recommends in your situation.