Taking a trip down the oral care aisle can be an exercise in confusion. With so many different types of toothpaste, it’s sometimes difficult to decide which one is best for your particular dental needs.
So, what do all of these toothpastes do? Here is your guide:
Fluoridated Toothpaste: The most popular type of toothpaste, this contains fluoride which strengthens tooth enamel, protects from acid damage, and can help to rebuild partially decayed teeth. Health Canada and the Canadian Dental Association endorse the use of fluoride in toothpastes – the only drawback is the effect on children if swallowed, so extra care is needed.
Whitening Toothpaste: Toothpastes that are whitening contain abrasives that help to remove surface stains from teeth. While they can be effective in removing stains and discolouration, they don’t necessarily make teeth whiter. And because of the abrasive chemicals, they can cause problems for those with sensitive teeth. For true whitening effects, a dental-office treatment is best.
Natural Toothpaste: For those who worry about the chemicals in regular toothpastes, there are herbal or natural versions. While they are made of natural ingredients, some do still contain small amounts of fluoride for optimal cleaning, but there are also those that do not contain any. Natural toothpastes can be safe to swallow, and are a good choice for those with chemical sensitivities.
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, but luckily there are toothpastes that can offer some relief. The active ingredient in these toothpastes blocks microscopic holes that lead to the nerve endings and causes pain. Most major toothpaste brands offer an option for sensitive teeth, and most of them work in the same way.
Tartar Control Toothpaste: Tartar is the build-up from plaque that was not properly removed from the tooth’s surface. While the only way to properly remove it is from a visit to the dentist, tartar control toothpaste can help those who are tartar prone by preventing build up.
Children’s Toothpaste: Regular toothpaste contains more fluoride than is safe for children. Children’s toothpaste has less, since they are likely to swallow some of it as they learn to brush properly. Toothpaste for kids also has fewer abrasives and harsh chemicals, plus the added bonus of flavours that are more fun for children.
Remember, an effective toothpaste, the right toothbrush and daily dental care go hand-in-hand with regular cleanings at the dentist office. Book your appointment with Southeast Dental in Markham today!