Adding toothpaste to your toothbrush when you’re brushing your teeth greatly improves the toothbrushes ability to clean plaque and residual food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. However, not all toothpastes are created equal. If you have any specific issues like staining, or tooth sensitivity, there are a few things to look for when shopping for toothpaste.
First of all, before purchasing any particular brand of toothpaste, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This means that the toothpaste has been researched and rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness.
If at all possible, you should look for a brand of toothpaste that includes added fluoride. Research has shown that fluoride exposure when brushing your teeth helps strengthen tooth enamel.
If you struggle with tooth sensitivity issues, you might want to try looking for a brand of toothpaste that has been specially formulated with potassium nitrate, or strontium acetate-chloride. These active ingredients can often help to mitigate the pain caused by tooth sensitivity.
If you have problems maintaining the whiteness of your smile between dental cleanings, you might want to try brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste. These toothpastes are often specially formulated with hydrogen peroxide to help whiten minor stains on teeth.
It’s important to note that the concentrations of hydrogen peroxide in whitening toothpaste will never be strong enough to improve moderate to deeply stained tooth enamel.
If you have a question about the type of toothpaste that is right for you, you can call Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA at 305-443-4713 to schedule a consultation.