At a loss for what toothpaste to choose for you or your family? With such a wide variety of available options, the task can seem overwelming at first. However, here’s the good news. We can help you assess the function and quality of different products to help you pick one that’s just right for you and your family.
But before putting all your stock in toothpaste, remember that when it comes down to it, your personal dental habits have a far greater weight in determining the health of your teeth than the dental products you choose. If you’re lazy about brushing, or your brushing habits are poor, the type of toothpaste you choose won’t matter all that much. Common bad dental habits include brushing too hard, which will almost assuredly cause tooth and gum sensitivity, and not brushing regularly, which can result in cavities and bacterial build up.
On the up side, being diligent and careful about brushing your teeth will act as an insurance against cavities and gum problems. At that point, the toothpaste you choose is really up to you!
But if you’re still wondering about what brushing options might be best for you, fear not. We’ve got answers for that to! Let’s take a lot at some of the pros and cons of common toothpaste products so that you can choose the best option for you and your family.
Whitening toothpastes are available that help to prevent future discoloration. They do not typically contain bleach, but rather, prevent future staining through the use of mild abrasives. These abrasives can sometimes cause sensitivity due to abrasive wear on teeth.
It’s also important to note that these products cannot remove pre-existing tooth stains, but do effectively protect against future staining.
Flouride helps to prevent cavities by removing bacterial buildup before it can harden into plaque.
But perhaps you’ve heard environmental organizations claiming that fluoride is harmful. You can rest easy knowing that most research supporting this claim was conducted using industrial byproduct fluoride, different than the fluoride used in toothpastes.
Contrasted to industrial byproduct fluoride, there is actually concrete evidence to show that dental fluoride actually provides benefits to patients with sensitive teeth.
ADA Approved Toothpaste
You can typically count on dental products that are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) to be effective. If a toothpaste is stamped with the ADA seal, you can be sure of two things:
- It contains fluoride
- It will not make any claims that cannot be backed by concrete evidence. If the product claims to fight cavities, you can rest assured that it will fight cavities.
At the same time, remember that even anti-cavity toothpaste can’t prevent cavities unless you maintain your regular brushing habit.