While strolling through your local grocery store, you will probably encounter different types of toothpaste, but you may not be sure of what your family dentist would recommend. Some brands have attractive packaging with bold claims of whitening the teeth, providing a lasting fresh breath or having an endorsement from several dentists. While the claims are sometimes true, you still need to know the type of toothpaste that will benefit your family.
Choosing the right toothpaste with the help of your family dentist
When it comes to oral health, there is no universal rule that fits, especially when it comes to toothpaste. Usually, a family dentist is more likely to recommend a type of toothpaste to use, instead of a brand or formula. Besides, the recommendation will be based on the specific needs of the person. Some of the types of toothpaste the dentist might recommend include:
Fluoride toothpaste is the standard type recommended by dentists. Fluoride is a mineral that remineralizes the teeth to fortify them against tooth decay. Many toothpaste products have fluoride as an ingredient, but some of them do not contain enough fluoride to be effective. The only way to be sure that the toothpaste has a safe amount of fluoride is to select a brand that has the American Dental Association approval seal.
Parents must also apply caution when using a fluoride toothpaste for kids. The family dentist will recommend whether to use fluoride toothpaste for the children and they should be supervised when brushing so they do not swallow the toothpaste. Aside from ensuring that the toothpaste contains fluoride, choosing the right product means one must consider the specific oral health requirements of everyone in the family.
Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
For people who have sensitive teeth and gums, they can get a toothpaste with ingredients to numb the affected area. The most common option for tooth sensitivity is potassium nitrate. The ingredient helps to inhibit the nerves in the teeth and gums from transferring pain signals to the brain. Gradually, with regular use, the pain experienced when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks will gradually diminish.
Toothpaste for cosmetic concerns
For individuals who have less-than-white teeth, a whitening toothpaste might work — although it cannot substitute professional whitening provided by a dentist. Some whitening toothpaste products are also formulated to fight bad breath. For those who might be worried about gum disease, there are toothpaste brands designed specifically to stop the formation of tartar and fight bacteria.
Some toothpaste brands claim to be universal and work for all the above purposes. This may be a preferred choice for the entire family if no one has special requirements for their teeth and gums.
The bottom line
If you are not sure of the right toothpaste to choose for yourself and your family, talk to your family dentist. They are oral health professionals and would provide a recommendation on the type of toothpaste that will work best to keep your family’s teeth clean and healthy for many years.
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