With so many toothpastes available, it’s hard to decide which one to buy. Many companies have over 50 kinds of toothpastes while some only make one or two. This doesn’t make choosing a toothpaste any easier because of all the options. So which kind of toothpaste is right for your teeth?
Fluoride Toothpaste – Many toothpastes contain fluoride because it makes teeth more resistant to decay. You have a smaller chance of getting cavities and disease when using a fluoride formula over those that don’t contain it. If you are more vulnerable to decay, your dentist might recommend a higher concentration fluoride formula of toothpaste.
Tartar Control – This kind of toothpaste contains ingredients that help fight gum disease by reducing the presence of plaque. This is important because tartar can build up underneath the gum line, which gives more room for plaque to grow and may cause gingivitis. Aside from causing disease, tartar is more porous and can absorb stains very easily. This can give your teeth a dull, dark appearance especially if you smoke or drink coffee or tea.
Sensitive Teeth – Many brands make toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth. It contains either strontium chloride or potassium nitrate which are the key ingredients that help sensitive teeth. This kind of toothpaste either builds up a barrier around your dentin so you won’t feel pain or it calms the tooth’s nerves to stop the sensitivity.
Baking Soda – These types of toothpaste use the power of baking soda to give your mouth a long lasting fresh feeling. Baking soda might also give a deeper clean than other kinds of toothpaste. But be careful when using it because prolonged use may cause gum irritation.
Tell your doctor what concerns you have about your teeth and what condition your teeth are in. He or she will recommend the best kind of toothpaste for your specific teeth.