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Tips to Make Picking the Right Toothpaste Easier

Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Elizabeth Vivona
Tips to Make Picking the Right Toothpaste EasierWhen you turn to head down the oral hygiene aisle it can be easy to get overwhelmed nowadays with all of the thousands are different kinds of toothpaste that are in all of the different stores.

We now have a natural, herbal, and even charcoal whitening kinds of toothpastes. Let's also just say that the ideas of making your own toothpaste you may find on social media can end disastrously.

What Is Good for Your Teeth Is Good for You

Believe it or not, there are toothpaste products out there that aren't great for your teeth, but they may be very good at making them “look better,” that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good thing as far as your teeth's health is concerned. A great place to start is to look at the ingredients and the first one you are looking for is fluoride.

The American Dental Association credits the use of fluoride to lower the number of cavities and praise it as one of the essential ingredients you should have in your toothpaste. Check the toothpaste do you have in mind for the ADA seal of approval. This will mean that that specific toothpaste meets strict requirements that specify the toothpaste must contain fluoride, ingredients that improve your oral hygiene and be free from those agents that flavor it but contribute to tooth decay

Consider Your Individual Oral Needs

Are you aiming for having fewer cavities, reducing bad breath, or perhaps you are trying to whiten your teeth in a safe way? All of these considerations can vary what type of toothpaste to use. Once you have a toothpaste that has fluoride and the ADA seal of approval you can start matching it towards your individual needs. If you are getting toothpaste for your children.

Some of the specific ingredients you should try and avoid include saccharin which is sometimes added as a sweetener. Glycerol, which gives toothpaste that smooth-jelly like consistency. Calcium carbonate and silicates, they are most often abrasive types of materials. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), It's a cleaner that makes the toothpaste foamy but tough on younger children's teeth.

This should all armed you with some basic knowledge to pick out the rice toothpaste that is best for you. Now all you have to do is find a flavor you like. For more information or if you have questions, feel free to contact our office.
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