The ultimate toothpaste guide
How do you choose the best toothpaste?
There are so many different types of toothpaste, that it can be confusing to pick the right one for you and your family.
You have to like it, because you have to use it twice a day, everyday. At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, we understand the positive impact that choosing the proper toothpaste can have on your oral health. Below is some helpful information about the main differences between toothpastes, the unique benefits of each and what type to use for which teeth and needs.
1. Fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride is the most important ingredient when you choose a toothpaste and protects your teeth from the acid that is released by bacteria in your mouth. Benefits of fluoride:
- Strengthens you tooth enamel and decrease acid damage
- Can remineralize early decayed areas due to acid damage
2. Antimicrobial toothpaste
Usually contains stannous fluoride which is an antibacterial agent. Benefits
- Helps with sensitivity
3. Tartar control toothpaste
Tartar is a deposit that forms on your teeth and under your gums, if plaque is not removed promptly and completely. Chemical compounds, including sodium pyrophosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate and zinc citrate helps to prevent tartar from forming on teeth. Sometimes an antibiotic, Triclosan, are also added to kill some of the bacteria in the mouth. Benefits:
- Prevent tartar to form on teeth
- Prevent staining
4. Whitening toothpaste
Usually contains chemical or abrasive particles that helps to remove and prevent stains from forming on teeth and over time teeth would appear whiter. Benefits:
- Prevent staining
- Remove stains
5. Sensitive toothpaste
If your teeth are over sensitive for heat and cold, it is best to use a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth. It usually contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride and can take up to 4 weeks to offer relief. It works by blocking pathways through the teeth that attaches to the nerves inside the teeth. Benefits:
- Decrease sensitivity
If you would like to learn more bout the different toothpaste options available or how to go about choosing the proper toothpaste for your teeth, please contact JVR Dental in Walnut Grove at 604-371-3138.