Gone Are The Simple Choices.
Toothpaste no longer comes in simple choices of fluoride and fresh breath. Paste is not even the only option. You can choose gel forms and even some with ribbons of color and flavor. With so many varieties available, it may be difficult to know which feature or combinations of ingredients are best for your mouth.
Four Things Your Toothpaste Must Have.
- Fluoride- The majority of all dental patients should use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth; it makes them stronger and more resistant to cavities. Even if you live in an area that adds fluoride to your drinking water, the fluoride protection in toothpaste is necessary.
- Sensitivity Protection- If your teeth are sensitive to temperatures, toothpaste with sensitivity protection can work wonders for your discomfort. Ingredients in these pastes or gels work to block the pathways to the nerves that react to hot or cold. Do not give up on this type of toothpaste after a few days, the full results may take a few weeks.
- Plaque, Tartar, and Gingivitis Protection- Everyone has bacteria in his or her mouth, and this bacteria is normal. Unfortunately, some bacteria also causes plaque. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens into tartar or calculus. Tartar is an almost cement like substance that can not be removed by brushing alone. When bacteria and tartar are left behind, the deposits will form under the gum line. This leads to gingivitis.
- Whitening- White teeth are desirable, and manufacturers are heavily marketing whitening toothpastes. Most brands do not contain bleaching ingredients, they use abrasives to polish stains away. Too much abrasives can be damaging to your teeth. If you’re interested in teeth whitening, our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry can recommend a number of safe and effective options.
Remember you can always ask Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones about the best choice in toothpaste to meet your individual needs. Remember to look for the ADA approval seal on any toothpaste you are considering.