Toothpaste: Everything You Need To Know

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When you are at the store, have you noticed how many toothpaste options are available? It’s overwhelming!  With all of these choices, how do you know which toothpaste is right for you?



Before we talk about all the different types of toothpaste there are and what they are used for, let’s start with the most important part – always choose a toothpaste with the ADA Approval Seal. Never by toothpaste from foreign countries as they may not have the same regulations we do.


Here some potential toothpaste that may be right for you:


Tartar Control Toothpastes

Plaque build-up occurs especially after eating. The bacteria in your mouth create this build-up and when left untreated it will harden into tartar. Once tartar occurs, it is harder to remove. When you come in for your dental hygiene appointment, we will remove the tartar for you. However, you can help control that build-up with a tartar control toothpaste. Look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride, though pyrophosphates and zinc citrate are also common. If you’re looking to control bad breath, look for a product that contains triclosan, an oral antibiotic.


Whitening Toothpaste

Everybody wants to have pearly whites. They look to get that Hollywood smile. However, there are some downsides to using whitening toothpaste. Most whitening toothpaste contains only baking soda, which is gentle to your teeth and can help remove the stains on the surface of your teeth. But, others contain harsh chemicals that can be bad for your teeth if used for extended periods of time. Look for ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or calcium peroxide. These highly abrasive chemicals that can wear away the enamel of your teeth and result in an unpleasant yellow color. Avoid those chemicals when choosing a whitening toothpaste. Or, you can schedule an appointment and see if in-office teeth whitening could be right for you. 


Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste

There are many causes of tooth sensitivity, but only two ingredients – strontium chloride and potassium nitrate – have been recognized by the ADA as effective treatments for sensitive teeth and gums. When used as directed, these substances can build up blockages between the tooth’s surface and inner nerves. And, though effective, relief may take some time as the blockages build up. In addition, those with sensitive teeth, or those who are prone to canker sores, should generally avoid toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulfate.


Children’s Toothpaste

Brushing is extremely important for children. That is why children have their own category when it comes to toothpaste. If you have a toddler, look for a toothpaste that says it is safe to swallow. Children’s toothpaste often comes in yummy flavors to help entice the child to brush. However, this also means that children often accidentally swallow the toothpaste. Also, look for a toothpaste that contains less fluoride. However, if you’re unsure which brand is best for your child, we can help. Ask us at your next appointment.

Yes, we know that isle is daunting. Not only are there different types of toothpaste, but there are also so many brands. Always remember to brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time, floss once a day, and go twice a year to your dental checkups. If you are concerned that your toothpaste may not be right for you or your loved ones, feel free to contact Blue Bird Dentistry at (540) 373-1641 or make an appointment today.