Several factors can contribute to the overall health and integrity of your mouth, including regular dental visits, proper hygiene habits, and a nutritious diet. To maintain proper oral habits, it is imperative that you have the right tools. Though your dentist is the final authority on dental hygiene products, this overview can help you get a better idea of which toothpaste to get.
ADA Approved Toothpaste
First and foremost, select toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. ADA-approved toothpaste has been tested for safety and effectiveness, and contains fluoride—a key ingredient for proper dental hygiene.
Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
If you experience pain when you consume hot, cold, sour, or sweet foods or drinks, you may suffer from sensitive teeth, and should thus consider selecting toothpaste specifically designed for this condition. Such a product will include potassium nitrate, an ingredient that will help to block the pain receptors in your teeth.
If you are looking to brighten your smile, head to your dentist for a bleaching. Short of that, you can lighten your teeth with whitening toothpaste. Most pastes advertised as whitening don’t actually contain bleaches. Instead, they have abrasive particles that polish the teeth and pull stains off of the tooth surface.
Toothpaste specifically designed for children is often little more than a clever marketing ploy. Specialty-flavored toothpaste designed for children often contain ingredients that are harmful if swallowed in large amounts, but have a nice flavor that tempts children to swallow. When selecting toothpaste for the kids, skip specialty products and opt instead to share your own with them.
If you are in need of a family dentist, contact Hallmark Dental. We’re conveniently located in the North Shore area, and our family dentistry office offers cosmetic and general dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, and sedation dentistry services. Call us today to schedule an appointment.