The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide
How to choose the right toothpaste for you?
Choosing the right toothpaste can be confusing with so many types and flavours on the market today. The shelves in the dental hygiene aisle at stores are filled with a variety of dental care products. The large selections make it overwhelming to choose the best product that suits your needs.
When asking our registered Dental Hygienist, Josie at Century Stone Dental, what tooth paste do you recommend to your patients, her response was: “As long as it contains fluoride it all comes down to your preference and personal needs.”
Josie explains there are a two different forms of toothpaste on the market a paste or gel. This decision will be based on the texture and taste preference. Gels tend to be less abrasive as they are smooth in texture and do not create a foamy texture like you get with a paste. If you’re a messy brusher gels tend to create less of a spatter. Pastes are thicker and gritty in texture and tend to be a solid color. Typically creating a bit of a mess. The taste and flavour will vary between gel and paste so experiment to see what you like better.
Secondly, Josie will talk to her patients about their personal needs; do they have sensitivity, dry mouth, build up a lot of tarter in-between appointments or looking for a bit brighter smile.
There are many options available to fit your individual needs, this handy little guide will help you make an informed decision so you can keep your teeth sparkling clean and healthy between routine visits.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
Tartar control toothpaste is a good choice for people who are looking to decrease tartar buildup. These products contain ingredients that are effective in breaking down plaque on the teeth before it hardens into harder-to-remove plaque. It is important to note that it does little to prevent tartar buildup below the gum line, and it is intended to prevent tartar from forming rather than removing it.
Popular choices: Crest pro-health advanced and Colgate total advanced health
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
If you experience sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth may be your best option. These toothpastes are generally less abrasive than other formulas, and they usually contain either strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. These chemical compounds aid in the reduction of sensitivity by blocking the passageways that travel through the teeth to the nerves.
Popular choices: Sensodyne Rapid relief or Sensodyne Repair and protect
Toothpaste for Dry Mouth
If you find tooth paste burns when brushing this could be caused by dry mouth. The Biotene line of products is specially formulated to manage a dry mouth and relieve the symptoms of Dry Mouth, a condition often caused by medication use. Moisturizing Gel, Oral Rinses and Mouth Spray provide lubricating comfort and lasting Dry Mouth symptom relief. Biotene toothpastes are formulated to not irritate. All Biotene moisturizing products have a balanced pH similar to natural saliva.
A popular choice for individuals who want a brighter smile are seeking a toothpaste that contains whitening properties may be a start. In fact, peroxide is an essential ingredient in whitening toothpaste that is the most effective at removing stains from the outer layer of the enamel. Whitening toothpaste sometimes causes sensitivity and is abrasive therefore Josie would not recommend using it regularly. Also, it is considerably less effective than professional whitening treatments.
Popular choices: Colgate Optic White Sparkling and Crest 3D Brilliance EST
When shopping for toothpaste for your entire family, it is important to note that your kids should have their own. Start with a training toothpaste for toddlers, as it is completely safe to swallow. Children’s toothpaste is the best choice for older kids. It is very similar to adult toothpaste, but it typically comes in flavors that are more appealing to kids, and it contains less fluoride.
Popular choices- Infants Nuk tooth and gum cleanser 3m+
-Toddlers Crest pro-health stages
-Orajel- training toothpaste 6m-4yrs
-Children – aqua fresh-little teeth 4-6years
Natural toothpaste is popping up more and more today. If you’re uncomfortable with common toothpaste ingredients, natural alternative is a good choice to consider. It consists of herbal and earth ingredients, some of the ingredients can include mint, fluoride and xylitol to name a few. Although some natural toothpaste can be a bit more expensive, they can work the same way as a regular paste. Just be aware some natural tooth paste does not contain fluoride.
Popular choices – Toms Whole Care, Natural with Tea Tree Oil
Whatever your toothpaste needs are, be sure to choose toothpaste that has earned a Canadian Dental Association (CDA) seal of approval. Toothpastes that have earned this distinction have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent review board of scientific experts.
The next time you’re shopping for toothpaste, we hope that the information provided by our team at Century Stone Dental will help you in making your selection. If you have any questions about what the best choice would be for your needs, please ask one of dental hygienists at Century Stone Dental.