Your Ultimate Toothpaste Guide For A Healthy Smile
There are so many different toothpastes on the market, each of them boasting different features. It’s true most of us don’t think too much about what toothpaste we use unless you have an issue such as tooth sensitivity or gum disease. Below is your ultimate toothpaste guide to help you choose the right products for you and your family.
Different Types of Toothpaste
- Teeth Whitening – Whitening pastes such as Rembrandt Deeply White use mild abrasives to polish teeth and remove newer stains. Discolorations resulting from medications and older stains will not come off using this option. Another great option is Luster White 7 Toothpaste if you can find it.
- Mineral Fluoride – Using pastes that contains mineral fluoride such as Colgate PreviDent is a great option if you are prone to cavities. This natural fluoride coats teeth and protects against plaque buildup.
- Sensitive Teeth or gums – If your teeth or gums are sensitive to hot or cold using Sensodyne is a no brainer. It’ s important to see your dentist before using sensitive toothpaste to ensure there are no underlined problems.
- Tartar Buildup – If you suffer from “calculus” or plaque hardening, choosing a good tartar control paste will help the bacteria from stabilizing. Before starting on a paste such as Arm & Hammer Tartar Control get a good cleaning to scrape off any residual buildup.
- All Natural – When it comes to a natural solution Tom’s of Maine is the most widely used. Tom’s also offers ADA approved whitening and anti-cavity alternatives. And, if you are one of the fortunate ones: Trader Joe’s also offers a great natural paste for a couple bucks less.
- Dentures – If you wear dentures any good toothpaste will work well for regular cleaning. You can use Fresh’n Brite and an effervescent tablet such as Fixodent as another layer of defense.
- Best All Around – Hands down Crest Pro Health is the best all around over-the-counter toothpaste for teeth and gums. I also like this product because you can find it almost anywhere.
- Novelties – Foams, liquid-calcium concentrates, healing formulas, botanicals, no rinse formulas, gel/paste hybrids, and anything else you can think of are also available if you like to be different. I would not get to too overwhelmed with anything that seems gimmicky or too good to be true.
- Dentist Private Label – One of the best options is to see whether your dentist has toothpaste they can provide that works well with your existing dental work such as veneers or zoom teeth whitening. As a cosmetic dentist I offer private label paste and whitening pens as part of my Arthur Glosman Dental Beauty line for even longer lasting results.
When shopping for toothpaste for you or your family, a general rule of thumb is to stay away from fancy promotions and packaging and look for a higher-end paste that is formulated for all dental applications. For more information about special dental procedures such as Twilight Dentistry please contact our office directly.