Toothpaste 101: Which Toothpaste Is Right for Me?

It used to be an easy process but with so many options to choose from, picking the right toothpaste can be an overwhelming process.

Toothpaste 101
Toothpaste 101

Not only is there a plethora of brands, but there is also different kinds that can serve your specific needs. Here at Reason To Smile Dental, we strive for healthy teeth so we want to help you choose the right toothpaste for you and your family.

The Basics
Toothpaste doesn’t only leave your mouth feeling fresh, it cleans the bacteria that causes plaque. When you eat, this bacteria meets with your food and produces an acid responsible for tooth decay. There might be a variety of toothpastes but some common ingredients like artificial sweeteners, humectants, thickeners, detergents and abrasive agents can be found in most. The main ingredient you need to be paying attention to when you buy toothpaste is fluoride.

Which toothpaste is right for me?
-Fluoride Toothpaste: Fluoride is the mineral responsible for making your tooth enamel stronger. It protects your teeth from the acid caused by the bacteria in your mouth, but it can also reverse early stages of decay. Most dentists recommend a toothpaste that contains fluoride, especially for kids and seniors because it prevents cavities.

-Tartar Control Toothpaste: A lot of tartar control toothpaste also contains fluoride. Dental tartar can only be removed by a professional, but tartar control toothpaste helps prevent tartar buildup, which can lead to gum disease.

-Whitening Toothpaste: Contrary to common belief, whitening toothpaste does not whiten teeth. It uses chemicals to polish and remove tooth stains.

-Sensitive-Teeth Toothpaste: Sensitive teeth are caused by a weakened enamel or the exposure of the tooth root. This kind of toothpaste provides relief by blocking the pathways that connect your teeth to the nerve.


If you stick with a toothpaste that contains fluoride and is ADA approved, the rest is a matter of preference. Think about what you want to achieve when you brush your teeth besides good dental health. If you are still not sure, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about your concerns and needs. He can be a great resource and can give you direction depending on your dental history. Dr. Vernon and the staff at Reason To Smile Dental is happy to answer any questions. Feel free to contact us or come in for a consultation.

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