Choosing the Right Toothpaste

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You probably do not stop and think about your toothpaste too often, even though it’s a key factor in your hygienic schedule and health. Despite the fact that all of the options on the shelf may seem pretty similar, there are a few key pieces to keep in mind when looking for the best toothpaste for you. Regardless of brand, always choose a toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Here are the most common types of toothpaste and their differentiators:

  • Anti-cavity: Nearly all of the options on the market contain fluoride, which is important to prevent tooth decay as well as strengthen enamel.
  • Anti-gingivitis: If your gums suffer from redness and sensitivity, you might have gingivitis. Anti-gingivitis toothpastes help minimize bacteria in the mouth and can nip this condition in the bud.
  • Desensitizing: If you’ve experienced tooth sensitivity when drinking cold or hot beverages, a desensitizing toothpaste can help by blocking the pain signals to the nerve.
  • Tartar-control: This toothpaste will help prevent the buildup of tartar on your teeth. Even though this product will prevent further buildup, a dental cleaning is the only way to remove hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth.
  • Whitening: A whitening toothpaste will contain an added chemical treatment that removes stains and helps restore the natural color of your pearly whites.

Regardless of which toothpaste you choose, it’s never a bad option to consult your dental specialist if you have any concerns. While each style will provide different benefits, they will all ultimately protect your teeth and keep you healthy. If you have any other questions about your toothpaste, ask your specialist at your next visit or give us a call at 508-872-4897 to schedule an appointment