Is all toothpaste created equal? We will give you some tips on choosing which is best for you and your family.
We know that all toothpaste isn’t created equal. There are whitening ones, ones with more sugar, more fluoride, baking soda, anti-cavity, ones for sensitive teeth, wintergreen, peppermint, enough to confuse you on what is the best for your teeth. The toothpaste market is over-saturated with products of all different kinds based on ingredients, price, and flavor. A general tip is that what works for me may not work for you.
Here are some tips to use when you purchase your next tube.
Fluoride is included in almost all toothpaste in the United States. If you ask any dentist, they will most likely recommend one with fluoride due to its cavity fighting properties. Many toothpastes have different fluoride amounts and they are expressed on toothpaste packaging as parts per million of fluoride or (ppmf). We recommend doing your research and making the decision for yourself. Here is a great article on its benefits and risks.
Sensitive teeth are very common and could be effected by the toothpaste you choose. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from whitening toothpaste and lean more towards ones that include baking soda. Baking soda is commonly used in whitening toothpaste but isn’t as abrasive as peroxide.
Natural options, or even making your own toothpaste, is really based on preference. Natural toothpastes rarely use fluoride, yet, natural toothpastes typically use products that aren’t FDA or ADA approved. Surprisingly, most popular brands aren’t ADA approved either due to voluntary participation.
Children’s toothpaste is usually high in sugar and flavor to ease your child into brushing their teeth. They aren’t recommended for adults due to the high sugar.
The Best Choice?
To make it easier on you, you can ask your dentist for a recommendation of what toothpaste is best for you and your particular situation. Your dentist knows your teeth and will be happy to give you a recommendation on what toothpaste to pair with flossing and mouthwash to improve your mouth health. Also, a toothpaste can’t do its job if the brushing is not being done properly.
If you would like to schedule a cleaning for a boost or ask Doctor Leonard and his capable staff for a toothpaste recommendation, contact us.