Choosing the right toothpaste
General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
You have probably heard about the importance of good oral hygiene for preventing decay and gum disease and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Indeed, good oral health can contribute to better overall health. Using the right products can help also. You may feel overwhelmed at the amount of choices available in the toothpaste aisle. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good quality toothpaste. However, there are a few things to look for when selecting a toothpaste.
First of all, make sure the toothpaste is approved by the Canadian Dental Association. The Canadian Dental Association seal program validates the effectiveness of oral hygiene products. Most brands sold in drug stores and supermarkets have the CDA seal of approval, but still, some brands do not. Check for the seal on the product’s package before purchase.
There are many brands of toothpaste that offer special features such as whitening, extra cavity protection, easing sensitivity to hot and cold, and alleviating dry mouth, to name a few.
Whitening toothpastes might contain a mild abrasive, such as sodium bicarbonate or calcium carbonate. Ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide will have a further “bleaching” effect on teeth. As long as the toothpaste is approved by the Canadian Dental Association it is safe to use. However, the whitening effect accomplished by these pastes won’t be as dramatic as what can be achieved by a professional tooth whitening at your dentist’s office.
Fluoride is an important ingredient to look for in any toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that protects against cavities. Toothpastes that offer an extra measure of cavity protection are generally high in this ingredient.
If you have sensitive teeth, there are many brands of toothpaste that can help. Drinking acidic foods and beverages such as oranges or coffee can cause the enamel to be eroded and exacerbate sensitivity to heat and cold. Toothpastes formulated for sensitivity work to form a protective layer over teeth to prevent pain.
If you suffer from dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, you may be at greater risk of cavities, as saliva forms a natural protection against decay. Products formulated for dry mouth generally have milder cleansers and ingredients such as xylitol to help stimulate saliva production and add moisture to the mouth.
Picking a toothpaste doesn’t have to be complicated. Once you find a toothpaste that suits your needs, you can safely stick with it for as long as you like. However, as time wears on your needs may change. For example, as we get older, our enamel can wear away, causing sensitivity that we may not have experienced before. In this case changing your brand of toothpaste may be beneficial to help remedy this new problem. As always, feel free to speak to your dentist if you have more questions or concerns about which toothpaste is right for you!