How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

choosing the right toothpasteHave you ever walked the toothpaste aisle in stores and been overwhelmed by the vast number of options?

With so many toothpaste choices on the market, how do you know if you are choosing the right toothpaste for yourself?

Here’s the break down on what these particular toothpastes do. Look for the ADA seal approved toothpaste to buy.

If you need further help choosing the right toothpaste that meets your unique dental needs, contact Dr. Marra at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

#1 Anti-Cavity

Fluoride is an important ingredient in toothpaste because it helps prevent tooth decay and strengthens tooth enamel.

Most toothpastes on the market today contain fluoride. Remember fluoride toothpastes are not recommended for children under age 3 or until a child can rinse and spit without swallowing toothpaste.

#2 Tartar-Control

All teeth have plaque, which can harden and turn into tartar. Choose a tartar-control toothpaste if you have problems with tartar build up between dental cleaning.

A tartar-control paste can slow tartar from forming on your teeth, but an in-office dental cleaning every six months is necessary to remove existing tartar.

#3 Whitening

If you want to remove light surface stains from your teeth, you can try a whitening toothpaste to help restore the natural color of your teeth.

To rid your teeth of darker, more stubborn stains, you might need more than a whitening toothpaste. Contact Dr. Marra about in-house teeth whitening options at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

#4 Desensitizing

If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold beverages, you might find relief from using a desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes help reduce pain by blocking pathways through the teeth that signal nerve pain. Many of these pastes contain chemical compounds that can takes up to four weeks to provide relief.

#5 Anti-gingivitis

Are your gums red and prone to bleeding when brushing? This is often a sign of gingivitis, the beginning of gum disease.

Anti-gingivitis toothpaste helps reduce bacteria in your mouth and can prevent gum disease from getting worse.

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