How to Choose the Right Toothpaste
A trip to the toothpaste aisle these days can get confusing. It’s not just that there are dozens of brands – it’s that each of the major toothpaste brands has a whole variety of options, from whitening to plaque control. As a Palm Harbor, FL, dentist, I, Dr. Paul Caputo, know it can be hard to know if you’re choosing the best toothpaste for your needs. So here are some simple explanations of common types of toothpaste, along with tips for choosing the right one for you.
This one’s easy to understand. Whitening toothpaste – contain doses of oxidizing ingredients like peroxide, which whiten teeth. These toothpastes may also contain ingredients to remove and help prevent stains from forming in the first place. Contrary to any claims made in advertisements, it usually takes at least a few weeks of regular brushing and flossing before you’ll see any significant whitening from even the best whitening toothpaste. Still, with if you use one consistently, it can remove stains you thought you’d never get rid of. Some companies also make fluoride free toothpaste, which is good for teeth and gums and that are sensitive to fluoride.
In addition to whitening power, these toothpastes include chemicals designed to kill bacteria at their source. Keep in mind, though, that you’re still responsible for preventing bacteria from taking hold in the first place – by flossing each time you brush, avoiding sugary snacks, and chewing sugar-free gum or drinking water when your mouth starts to dry out. If you stick to a good cleaning regimen, though, an antimicrobial toothpaste can go a long way toward preventing cavities and gum infections from forming.
Tartar control Toothpaste
If you’ve got a serious problem with tartar buildup on your teeth, the most effective option is actually to stop by my office and let me expert staff clean it off! But if you want to handle some minor tartar at home, a toothpaste like this can chip away at the problem. Tartar control toothpastes typically contain chemicals like sodium pyrophosphate or sodium hexametaphosphate, which help dissolve tartar and prevent it from forming. In cases where the buildup is minor, this can be an effective solution.
Of course, many other types and brands of toothpaste exist, but these are the major ones to be aware of. Some toothpastes even combine multiple types of treatment, which may be effective at treating multiple problems at the same time. But as I, Dr. Paul Caputo, and the staff at my Palm Harbor, FL office will tell you, the most effective way to keep your teeth clean and healthy is simply to brush and floss twice a day. Stick with that routine, and just about any toothpaste will serve you well.
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