Have you ever found yourself in the toothpaste aisle after having sworn that you would quickly browse your options and then walk away with a selection in hand within 30 seconds? If you find that this is a rare – if not impossible – feat, then you need some tips for choosing toothpaste. We understand, of course, that you may feel overwhelmed with your choices, since there are quite a lot of them. The good news is that making a wise choice with your toothpaste promotes even better preventive care for a healthy smile.
Strengthen Your Teeth
Always choose toothpaste that contains fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral can “re-mineralize” teeth, which means it can improve softening areas that have been affected by acids in your mouth.
Protect Your Tooth Tissue
Don’t choose anything that’s gritty or abrasive. Your teeth are quite durable but your outermost layer, called enamel, is still susceptible to scratching.
When In Doubt…
Just look for a seal of approval by the ADA (American Dental Association) on the packaging. This will let you know that the toothpaste you’re seeking for your preventive care is safe and effective.
Focus On Personal Needs
True, the goal with toothpaste is to practice excellent home preventive care. However, you can also focus on your particular needs. Sensitive teeth? Choose a paste that offers sensitivity protection. Mild stains? Go with the teeth whitening option.
The Yummy One Wins
If you hate cinnamon but you choose the cinnamon toothpaste, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Consider the different flavors and consistencies (gel versus paste) and choose according to your liking, so brushing your teeth is fun rather than frustrating.
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