A Buyer’s Guide to Picking the Right Toothpaste for Your Dental Needs

There is an almost dizzying array of toothpaste options available in every drug store’s dental care aisle. Thankfully, all of these toothpastes can generally be divided into a few basic types. These types all have their own unique benefits, so it is important to find out which one would be best for your unique dental needs. Our Edmonton dentists at Westmount Dental Centre describe each toothpaste and dental need below:


Cavity-fighting Toothpastes

Just about any toothpaste can be considered a cavity-fighting toothpaste, as all of them can help remove plaque and food particles if you practice good brushing habits. Fluoridated toothpaste is a great option for the majority of people, as fluoride strengthens the dental enamel and makes it less susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.


Tartar Control Toothpastes
A buildup of dental plaque can eventually turn into a hard substance known as tartar, which can lead to bad breath and damaged enamel, and which needs to be removed with a professional cleaning. Tartar control toothpastes can be a good option for preventing tartar buildup in those who are prone to developing it.


Toothpastes for Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can cause great discomfort when teeth come into contact with hot or cold food or drink. Thankfully, some people do notice a significant reduction in sensitivity after using toothpastes specifically designed to lessen it. Sensitivity toothpastes typically contain either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.


Whitening Toothpastes
Whitening toothpastes, while they generally can’t do much for deeply ingrained tooth stains, can actually be quite effective for surface staining. They often contain slightly abrasive substances, such as baking soda, that gently scrub the teeth reducing surface stain.


Natural Toothpastes
Toothpastes marketed under the “natural” label often don’t contain fluoride and sometimes may not contain any chemicals at all. While fluoride is generally highly recommended, natural toothpastes can be good for people with chemical sensitivities and for children. It is a good idea to ask your dentist before using toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride.


Got Any Questions? Contact Your West Edmonton Dentist

Understanding your personal dental needs can help you decide which toothpaste to brush with. The Edmonton family dentists at Westmount Dental Centre will be more than happy to assess your teeth and gums and tell you about your dental health.


Book an appointment with Westmount Dental Centre today for a cleaning and examination, and our team of dental health experts can help you figure out what kind of toothpaste you should be using.

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