Oral hygiene is extremely important for maintaining those beautiful pearly whites and keeping your smile intact. We come across many times a question like which toothpaste is the best. The answer is there is no such a thing like the best toothpaste. As long as you brush your teeth properly, it will get the job done. However, there are few things to consider for your toothpaste selection.
How to Choose the Best Toothpaste for Your Family
Look for Fluoride in Toothpastes
One of the most common and important ingredients in toothpastes, fluoride is a mineral that helps in preventing tooth decay and allows the removal of plaque. Tooth decay is caused by the acid in the mouth which attacks the outer layers of the teeth. To avoid this, the American Dental Association recommends fluoridated toothpastes that prevent tooth decay and the occurrence of cavities. Fluoride also makes the tooth enamel stronger and helps in remineralizing of the parts that have suffered from decay due to acid damage. Based on cavity risk you have and oral hygiene habit, Dr. Park might recommend a toothpaste or mouth rinse that contains more fluoride to prevent further caries activity.
Toothpastes for Sensitivity
Do you experience a sharp pain when you consume something hot or cold? This is known as sensitivity. People experiencing this problem have teeth and gums that are easily irritated by severe changes in temperature. There are special toothpastes that are meant for battling this problem. Most of these toothpastes contain ingredients, such as potassium nitrate. The ingredients block the passageways between the nerve of your teeth and the outside surface, thus, preventing teeth sensitivity. High concentration Fluoride toothpaste can be useful for this condition. Or you can give a try with toothpaste such as Sensodyne.
Choosing Toothpastes for Kids
For babies and toddlers who do not know how to spit out their toothpaste, it is important to get a fluoride-free toothpaste. Exposure or intake of too much fluoride in toothpastes can cause a condition called dental or enamel fluorosis. It can cause white lines or flecking on the surface of the teeth. In extreme cases, it can lead to pitted or discolored teeth. Once the child learns to swish and spit out the toothpaste, you can choose a toothpaste with fluoride.
When buying the best toothpaste for your family, do not be overwhelmed by the variety of choices. Make sure you follow these simple tips to make the right decision for yourself and your family.
Or you can just call us for your appointment. We will discuss what will be good for you or your family.
WooKwon Park DDS