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There you are. Standing in the toiletries aisle. Looking for the best toothpaste to suit your dental needs. Hundreds of options. How do you know which one is best for you??

 

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Toothpaste is used not only to polish the teeth but to remove the bacteria, which causes bad breath and plaque. Ingredients control bacteria in the mouth and fight plaque. It also contains special detergents, which removes food particles and also includes abrasives, which adds extra cleaning materials to remove all the stains from the surfaces. On the other hand, if you use it too vigorously it might scratch and damage the enamel surface of the tooth. It also contains breath fresheners, which allows your mouth to feel clean. The type of toothpaste that you need depends on the status of your current dental health as well as your personal preferences. So let’s dive in!

 

So what are our options?

 

Whitening toothpaste – it only removes surface stains from your teeth. If you want to remove deeper stains, you would have to get a professional service from your dentist.

 

Cavity Protection – if it advertises ‘Cavity Protection’ usually contain fluoride. Fluoride can remineralize the enamel on your teeth, protecting them from tooth decay.

 

Acid Erosion – Toothpaste such as Pronamel claim to protect against acid erosion and stronger enamel. Basically, it contains fluoride but it doesn’t have sodium lauryl sulfate in it, which is a foaming agent. Fluoride can bind to sodium lauryl sulfate and make it less efficient. Pronamel is also pH neutral so it is more gentle.

 

Tartar control toothpaste – similarly to whitening products, tartar control paste can contain abrasives that scrub away tartar buildup. Unfortunately, some of those abrasives can be too harsh on your enamel over time. And they can’t remove already existing tartar, only a professional cleaning from your dentist can do that.

 

Desensitizing toothpaste – tooth becomes sensitive when the gums recede and roots expose. Toothpaste blocks the irritants from attaining the nerves. The toothpaste will contain potassium nitrate which blocks pain signals to the root. It doesn’t actually fix the issue of why your teeth are sensitive though, which might be worn enamel or an infected nerve. If you have sensitive teeth, you should visit a dentist to first make sure it is nothing serious.

 

Fluoride toothpaste – fluoride can be added to any type of the toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens the tooth tissues and fights against dental cavities by remineralizing enamel which is worn by acids. Such fluoridated toothpaste is very beneficial for children and seniors. Moreover, it is very handy for someone whose community water is not fluoridated.

 

Gum health toothpaste – if it claims to stop gingivitis, it usually contains fluoride to limit bacteria growth in your mouth.

 

Toothpaste for smokers – these contain some abrasive materials which remove stains that are caused by smoking. They are usually not recommended because they have a possibility to damage delicate gum tissue.

 

Fresh Breath Toothpaste – these are designed to mask bad breath. Most contain flavoring that makes your mouth feel fresh. The biggest causes of bad breath are dry mouth and bacteria build up.

 

Natural Toothpaste – will never contain any chemicals and includes only natural ingredients. Some of them might not contain fluoride, so you should check that before buying some natural toothpaste.

 

Children’s Toothpaste –  usually contains fluoride in order to fit children’s needs as they are very susceptible to developing dental caries. You must keep in mind that little ones should use small amounts in order to avoid fluorosis. So make sure you would supervise your child while brushing.

 

Baking Soda/Peroxide Toothpaste – these ingredients can help whiten your teeth as well as kill bacteria and freshen breath, but sometimes baking soda can be too abrasive on your enamel and gums.

 

Tooth Powders – they are able to clean the teeth, but on the other hand, they become more abrasive than toothpaste.

 

(When looking for toothpaste, you might also want to consider FDA and ADA approved and accepted brands!)

 

How to use the toothpaste correctly?

 

Well now that you’ve chosen a product that fits your particular dental health needs, you should know how to use it properly! An adult needs the only pea-sized amount to get the job done. It is also important how you use it. You should put it at a 45-degree angle on gums and gently brush it for at least two minutes. Use circular and short strokes. Brush it twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, which wouldn’t damage or recess the gums.

 

You still don’t know what option is the best for you? It would be best to get an advice from your dentist, which after a thorough exam of your mouth would be able to help you to choose something that fits your needs. However, the key to avoiding dental problems is a proper dental care ensured by flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day with a good brushing technique. A good diet that nourishes your body is important as well. Moreover, regular dental cleanings and checkups are also very helpful.

 

 

If you need a great dentist who would be highly qualified and would thoroughly examine your mouth and teeth by providing you with the best treatment and oral care options, feel free to schedule your appointment with Ocean Breeze Dental in Marina Del Rey, California. Call us and book an appointment at (424) 256-6650