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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

How do you choose your toothpaste? Is your choice based on taste, what’s on special offer or do you always grab your favourite brand? Most toothpaste contains common ingredients, but there are some differences between them. We’ve listed a few things you should look out for when choosing your toothpaste.

Choose a Brand That Is Approved
Whatever you choose, try to ensure it has the Canadian Dental Associations Seal of approval which means the manufacturer has submitted the toothpaste and all scientific studies to the CDA so that it can be assessed for efficacy and safety. When you choose toothpaste that has received the seal of approval, then you will know it has met specific standards.

Most toothpaste contains fluoride which can help protect your teeth against cavities. The amount of fluoride added to toothpaste is very safe, but if you are at all worried then discuss the matter with our dentist in Newcastle.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you frequently feel a twinge of pain or discomfort when you eat or drink anything very hot or cold, then toothpaste designed to reduce tooth sensitivity could help. Tooth sensitivity can develop if your tooth enamel is thin or is eroded away completely, exposing the dentin underneath. Toothpaste for tooth sensitivity works by blocking the tiny tubules in your dentin, preventing hot and cold sensations from reaching the nerves in your tooth. You do need to use the toothpaste continually for several weeks because the effect is cumulative. However, if you do have tooth sensitivity, it’s always worth seeing a dentist in Clarington because it can indicate a dental problem that requires treatment.

Tartar Control
Tartar is plaque that has hardened, and it’s also called calculus. Tartar control toothpaste can help to prevent the buildup of tartar on your teeth, potentially improving your oral health. Unfortunately, toothpaste cannot remove old tartar buildup which can only be removed during your regular dental cleanings.

Gum Health
Some toothpaste promises to help improve gum health by fighting gingivitis, which is an early sign of gum disease. It works by fighting the bacteria in your mouth, but if you have noticed your gums have begun to bleed, look inflamed, puffy or red, please contact West Bowmanville Family Dental. Our dentist in Courtice can evaluate your gum health, and if you do have any signs of gum infection, then we can provide the most appropriate treatment. The sooner you seek dental care for gingivitis, the greater the chance that it can be reversed entirely.

Teeth Whitening
Who doesn’t want beautifully white and healthy teeth? The thought of using toothpaste to brighten your teeth is hugely appealing. Whitening toothpaste can remove some minor surface stains by gently polishing the teeth, or it may contain certain chemicals that can break down stains. If you do want to choose a whitening toothpaste, it’s important to read the label because some toothpaste can be extremely abrasive and could damage your teeth if used in the longer term. Usually, if you really want to brighten up your smile, then it’s better to make an appointment with our Newcastle dentist to inquire about professional tooth whitening options. It’s by far the safest and most effective way to whiten your smile.

If you would like some advice on which toothpaste to choose for your dental needs, then don’t forget our friendly dental team is here to assist you. Make sure your toothpaste can do its job properly by changing your toothbrush regularly!

Jun 22, 2018 by

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