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What Type of Toothpaste is Right for You?


First thing first, if you are not consistent about brushing and flossing, your choice of toothpaste is irrelevant to the health of your teeth. For the people who don’t miss a beat on brushing and flossing, the right toothpaste can prevent stained teeth, gum pain, cavities, and other dental issues. A general rule to follow is to only buy toothpaste that has an ADA (American Dental Association) seal on the box because that means it has been tested on its claims and passed while also having effective ingredients. Let’s take a look at what ingredients you need to be looking for in your toothpaste that meets your needs.

Build Stronger Teeth

The ADA (American Dental Association) will not put their seal on any toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride. This is because fluoride is a key ingredient that helps strengthen the enamel of teeth. The stronger your tooth enamel, the more resistant your teeth will be to bacteria. The fluoride remineralizes your teeth by patching up your enamel. You should be aware that too much fluoride is bad for your teeth. If you brush an unnecessary amount of times a day while using a toothpaste high in fluoride, you could cause a dental issue called dental fluorosis.

Avoid Tooth Decay

If you have no overwhelming dental problems and want a general toothpaste that helps you avoid tooth decay and keep your breath fresh enough to go on a date, you should look for a toothpaste the has either stannous fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, or sodium fluoride.

Help Your Sensitive Teeth

If you suffer from having sensitive teeth, use a toothpaste with the three forms of fluoride from above but it should also be 5% potassium nitrate. The potassium nitrate helps numb up your nerve endings while you are brushing your teeth. You should keep in mind that whitening toothpastes often increase your teeth’s sensitivity. If your teeth have a problem with sensitivity, you need to avoid whitening toothpastes.

Make Your Teeth Bright, Shiny, and White

If you are a smoker, coffee drinker, tea drinker, or a red wine drinker, you should consider a whitening toothpaste. Look for toothpastes that have hydrated silica to make your teeth whiter. Hydrated silica is an abrasive that can remove stains from the surface of your teeth. There are plenty of toothpastes that claim their products will whiten your teeth but their ingredients are useless. Looking for the ADA seal of approval is crucial when finding the right whitening toothpaste.

All Natural

The ADA doesn’t regulate whether a toothpaste is “natural” or not, but there are some downfalls of certain toothpastes that aren’t fully natural. Toothpastes with sodium lauryl sulfate, the ingredient that makes the toothpaste form up when brushing, can trigger canker sores. Also, artificial dyes have caused some controversy over the years. If you are looking for a natural toothpaste, it should still contain fluoride to fully protect your teeth from decaying.

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