Things to Consider When Choosing a Toothpaste
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) more and more people are becoming concerned about tooth care. However, when it comes to selecting the right toothpaste, confusion happens because each of the competing brands claims to be the best. Fret not because surely, your personal Palm Beach Gardens dentist has just the best advice and suggestions.
Whiteners – carbamide peroxide, abrasives such as silica, calcium carbonate, alumina and dicalcium phospate, detergents such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), polyvinylpyrrolidone, citric acid, papain, sodium tripolyphospate, triclosan – these ingredients help remove or prevent stains that build up over time.
Anti-tartar – sodium hexametaphosphate, sodium pyrophosphate are ingredients that help prevent tartar deposits from forming.
Anti-sensitivity – pain reduction as a reaction to very cold or very hot food and drinks is possible with ingredients like strontium chloride and potassium nitrate.
If there is one ingredient you need to beware of, it is diethylene glycol, a toxic substance found in cheap or brand imitations. For regular cleaning needs, you can opt to go all-natural using toothpastes made of natural ingredients that include baking soda, coconut oil and some herbs. However, if upon the advice of your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens, some “extras” in your teeth cleaning agent are needed, here are your considerations in choosing the right toothpaste for you.
ADA seal of approval
You could easily spot ADA approved toothpastes because manufacturers display this proudly on the label. It authenticates the product’s effectiveness.
When it comes to tooth decay prevention and plaque removal, fluoride is the top choice. It also aids in strengthening the tooth enamel and helps avoid damages caused by acids.
Individual dental needs
You may have a personal choice but you might want to consider individual needs in your family. Other than tartar-control and whitening needs, a member might have a need for ingredients that help control gingivitis or mouth odor.
Advertisements could be one reason why you are confused in your selection but there are brands that actually deliver results. Other than the seal of approval, you may look at how recognized a certain brand is and if most dentists recommend it.
Yes, taste is a major consideration too. What good is an expensive toothpaste containing most important tooth care ingredients but has a taste that makes you unlikely to use it regularly? Or a kiddie brand that is sugared and likely to contribute to decay than prevent it?
In the end, how effective your toothpaste will mainly rely on your brushing habits. Brush at least twice a day, spending about 2-3 minutes each time. This will help promote healthy teeth and gums. If you are still uncertain of what to pick, ask your dentist. Dr. Tsar in West Palm Beach can help you care for your teeth the right way – Call us today to schedule your appointment in our West Palm Beach Dentist office 561-331-5468