What’s the Right Toothpaste for Me?

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With all of the many choices for buying toothpastes, how are you to know which toothpaste is right for you? Here is a guide that will help to address your own particular needs in regards to what toothpaste to use:

First and foremost, always make sure the type of toothpaste you choose is ADA (American Dental Association) approved. This shows that the product has been vigorously tested for it’s dental effectiveness.

Secondly, make sure the toothpaste’s main ingredient is the mineral fluoride (the main cavity-fighting ingredient). After that, here are some guidelines to follow for your particular needs:

For Yellowing Teeth

Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that help polish teeth and prevent the buildup of additional stains. However, they don’t have much impact on older discolorations. To get a whiter smile, look for pastes or gels that contain modified silicone abrasives.  Rembrandt Deeply White and Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening are two effective options.

Prone to Cavities

Any toothpaste with the mineral fluoride in it or one that claims to be “anti-cavity” and approved by the ADA will work.  The fluoride helps to combat the sticky film left on your teeth after eating. In addition, remember to brush and spit (not rinse!) in order to leave some of the fluoride behind on your teeth to help fight cavities.

Sensitive Teeth

If you have exposed roots or extra sensitive gums, opt for toothpastes containing a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. The ADA approves multiple brands, including products from Sensodyne.

Tartar Buildup

Toothpastes containing tartar-fighting elements can prevent plaque from hardening. Look on the label for ingredients like pyrophosphates or zinc citrate. Crest Tartar Protection is one ADA-approved option.

For Denture Wearers

Toothpastes for regular teeth work just as well for dentures as regular teeth so any ADA-approved products will do the job. In addition, consider trying effervescent tablets or solutions that have been shown to clean more effectively than brushing. Also, denture-cleansing products made by Fixodent are effective ADA-approved options.

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