How and Why to Choose a Specific Toothpaste

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So many little time. Although "time" might not be the issue, you do have "so-many-choices" when selecting a toothpaste.

A walk down the personal care aisle or searching online can be overwhelming in the toothpaste space.

So, how do you choose the right or best toothpaste, what is the difference between the types of toothpaste, and are there certain benefits to each?

Good questions that we're prepared to answer. Let's dive in.

Sorting through the types of toothpaste available to you

Fluoride toothpaste

This one gets a lot of "press." Fluoride is commonly associated with cavity prevention and helping strengthen your tooth's enamel.

Whitening toothpaste

Stain removal would likely be the leading reason for selecting this type of toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste contains gentle abrasive ingredients that assist with removing surface stains from your teeth.

Consistent use of some brands of whitening toothpaste are also promoted to gradually brighten your teeth over time.

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth

The active ingredients in this type of tooth paste help block the pain receptors within your teeth. But keep in mind that ongoing teeth sensitivity could be the result of other dental issues such as enamel erosion, decay, or other conditions.

Toothpaste for gum health

Protective ingredients within this brand of toothpaste are designed to help reduce gum inflammation and bleeding. Like other dental issues, gum conditions should be examined and diagnosed to assure that gum disease isn't present.

Natural toothpaste

This is a bare-bones type of toothpaste. Meaning it contains not artificial flavors, coloring, or preservatives.

Children's toothpaste

Flavors make this brand of toothpaste popular with kids. Flavor enhancers encourage children to brush more frequently and associate taste with establishing oral health habits.

Now what we've covered the common types of toothpaste, let's help narrow your choices.

How to choose the best toothpaste for your needs

As earlier mentioned, each toothpaste type has a particular function. Use the following as a guide for selecting the one that's right for your current or desired dental care.

Looking for enhanced cavity prevention?: Fluoride toothpaste is your go-to.

Interested in removing stains from your teeth?: Whitening toothpaste can help remove stains and gradually improve the appearance of your teeth. Also, consult with your dentist about professional whitening treatment.

Tired of sensitive teeth?: Use a toothpaste that is specifically formulated to reduce sensitivity and protect your tooth surfaces. Also, consult with your dentist if sensitivity persists as there could be an underlying issue.

Concerned about your gum health?: The active ingredients in toothpaste designed for gum health can help. It's essential that consistent and more severe gum problems are diagnosed by a dental professional.

Want to help your children establish good dental habits?: A children's toothpaste is more appealing. And it helps make daily brushing more fun and enjoyable - leading to lifelong oral health habits.

Prefer a natural, eco-conscious approach for brushing your teeth?: Organic or natural toothpastes provide an option that aligns with your environmental awareness or your desire for a more sustainable product. Consult with your dentist if you have questions about ingredients, etc.

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