Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the variety of toothpaste options available on the market and wonder which one is best for you? If you do, then it is necessary for you to know the factors that make a particular toothpaste suitable for you.
In this article, Dr. Young H. Kim at Lincolnway Dental Center in Aurora, Illinois, shares tips on what to look for before choosing your toothpaste.
Below are some of the things you need to keep in mind when choosing your toothpaste:
ADA Seal of Approval
Always look for the American Dental Association’s seal of acceptance when picking your toothpaste. It serves as an assurance that the toothpaste you have chosen has met ADA’s standards and criteria for safety and effectiveness.
Fluoride helps fight tooth decay and strengthens the tooth enamel. So, you should make sure the toothpaste you choose contains fluoride.
Check the label of the toothpaste and its composition to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Most types of toothpaste have basic ingredients like flavoring and moisturizing agents and abrasive agents (calcium compounds) to gently clean your teeth.
Flavor or Texture
You should also consider your choice of flavor and texture while buying toothpaste. Some people prefer a specific flavor while some choose their toothpaste depending on its texture.
People with tooth sensitivity issues might need to use a certain kind of toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These ingredients alleviate symptoms of tooth sensitivity by blocking neuronal pathways.
Ask your dentist before buying your toothpaste. Depending on the condition of your teeth, your dentist might recommend a certain toothpaste that is best for you.
If pearly white teeth are what you are looking for, you can opt for a toothpaste containing abrasive particles or chemicals that brighten and enhance the appearance of your teeth.
If you have bad breath, you might need a toothpaste that contains active ingredients like peppermint. Bad breath can also be a sign of dental issues. Therefore, it is always best to talk to your dentist and get a complete dental checkup if you do.
For more details on what to look for before choosing your toothpaste, contact Lincolnway Dental Center at (630) 897-1300 or visit us at 648 North Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60506.