All About Toothpaste: Home Care Instructions
Whether you shop online or at a physical store, care should be taken when picking toothpaste. Your dental health is as important as all other aspects of your health. Having the right toothpaste helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums, and stay cavity free (this is of course if you use the toothpaste correctly). At Kvinsland Dentistry, our family dentists will make sure you are practicing good dental hygiene.
No matter what part of the world you are located there is a dental advistory group responsible for the approval of toothpastes and toothbrushes. This should be the very first thing to look for in a toothpaste brand. In America for instance, a seal by the American Dental Association (ADA) must be present on toothpaste to guarantee its quality and safety. Having the ADA seal means that the toothpaste has been tested for key recommended ingredients.
When it comes to oral care, the benefits of fluoride outweigh its demerits. It is a primary ingredient that must be present in any approved toothpaste. Fluoride helps remove plaque, which is responsible for tooth decay and gum diseases and also helps strengthen the teeth.
Talk To Your Dentist
Your dentist knows your teeth best and will know just the right kind of toothpaste for you. When you have a cleaning and exam, you will not only get advice on toothpaste that will suit you, but tips to help you improve your oral health. The toothpaste recommended will depend on the current state of your teeth.
Types of Tooth Paste Available
Here is a look at some kinds of toothpaste that your dentist may recommend and why:
- Whitening Toothpaste – these are ideal for those with yellow or discolored teeth. Though they do not really whiten teeth, they have ingredients that help remove tough stains leaving your teeth in their natural color. It is important to note that using a whitening toothpaste too often can damage the surface because of the heavier abrasives that are used. We recommend working with your dentist or hygienist to determine best options for use.
- Desensitizing Toothpaste – these have ingredients that act to reduce sensitivity of teeth. If you experience shooting pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold then this may be the right toothpaste for you. The desensitizing agents in these toothpastes act to block the nerves and keep them from receiving the pain signals. Using desensitizing toothpaste too often can be rough on the surface of your teeth, work with your dentist or hygienist to determine if this is right for you.
- Tartar Control Toothpaste – tartar refers to hardened plaque. Though this can only be removed by a dental professional, there are toothpastes that help control further accumulation. If you have tartar, your dentist or hygienist will remove it and advise you to use this kind of toothpaste to slow down future tartar accumulation.
- Children’s Toothpaste – these are specifically designed for use by children who are more prone to dental health problems like cavities.
Toothpastes come in many different packages and flavors. These are entirely up to your preference.
If you do not want to use chemically-manufactured toothpaste, there are natural toothpastes you can choose from.
If you have any questions about toothpaste or proper dental hygiene, do not hesitate to contact our office today! 253.851.9171