Choosing a toothpaste for your family or even just yourself can be a daunting task. Each brand seems to have an endless amount of products with for specific needs, which leads you to question what your needs are and how can you choose the best toothpaste to serve them?
Dr. Arman Torbati
, a Prosthodontic Dentist based in Los Angeles, knows the importance of a healthy, good looking smile – and an essential component to achieving and maintaining one is the care his patients take on their dental hygiene at home. Along with flossing, proper regular brushing is vital, making your toothpaste choice important.
The main ingredient to look for in your tooth paste is fluoride. The reason why it appears in most approved brands is that it has been proven to prevent cavities and tooth decay for the past fifty years. It essentialy strgthens the tooth enamel, protecting you from the acids produces by food vesitges in your teeth.
It's possible your dentist has already had the tartar build-up conversation with you. If advised by a professional or you feel you'd like a toothpaste that will attack tartar build-up, go for a toothpaste that targets this problem.
If you have toddler-aged children, it's very important to pick a specific toothpaste for them instead of having them share a brand with the rest of the family. Young children who are just now learning how to brush their teeth have a hard time rinsing and spitting out their toothpaste, which means you'll have to get one that's entirely safe when swallowed. Also, making sure they like the taste will make brushing much easier for the whole family, as the children will be more likely to look forward to it rather than protesting.
If you'd like a brighter smile, a whitening toothpaste might be the best option for you. Many people are afraid of possible corrosion caused by the abrasive agents, but in spite of what the name might suggest, these ingredients are gentle and safe for your teeth in everyday use. They will simply polish your teeth without the use of bleaches, gradually whitening tooth stains.
Some people have very sensitive gums that react to hot or cold food with pain. Sensitive teeth pastes will typically contain potassium nitrate to desensitize the nerves in your gums, reducing the pain in about four weeks of use.
As long as you make yourself aware of your special needs and preferences, any toothpaste that is ADA (American Dental Association) approved is a safe choice. Brands with this recognition will display the ADA seal, meaning experts have considered it both safe and effective. With a toothpaste choice that you're happy with, you'll be far more likely to keep to a good brushing schedule, and a great looking smile.