The toothpaste aisle is daunting sometimes with so many choices!
When it comes to toothpaste, there are a few ingredients that we recommend, but personal preference is the bottom line. You should buy what you will use!
Below are some ingredients and recommendations we have when standing in the toothpaste aisle.
1. Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means the toothpaste has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.
2. It is important for your toothpaste to contain fluoride. Fluoride is a cavity preventer. Look for sodium fluoride or monofluoride phosphate (MFP).
3. Tarter control toothpastes contain pyrophosphate. It can help minimize the build up of dental plaque, but does not remove if it’s already there. If the hygienist thinks produce a high amount of tarter in between appointments, tarter control toothpaste may be for you.
4. Whitening toothpaste removes surface stain, but does not change the actual color of your teeth. If you have questions about whitening your teeth, please ask about our whitening techniques here at the office.
5. All toothpastes have abrasives to remove debris and surface stains. Some of these are silica, calcium carbonate, and aluminum oxide. Too much abrasiveness is bad, but ADA-accepted toothpastes lie within reasonable limits.
6. Triclosan is an antimicrobial added to some toothpaste. It can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Research is still being done on this ingredient.
7. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth can help combat sensitivity to hot, cold, air, and touch over time of use. Look for toothpastes that contain potassium nitrate. Sensodyne is an example of sensitive toothpaste.
8. If you have a high acid diet (wine, juices, sodas), toothpastes that remineralize might be effective for you. Pronamel is an example of this type of toothpaste.
9. Some individuals might have an allergy to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and some evidence suggests this ingredient may increase canker sore frequency. Consider an SLS-free toothpaste if you suspect this is true for you.