It can be a daunting task to find the right toothpaste for your particular needs. A simple run to the drug store can become overwhelming with the lineup of different toothpaste formulas. A healthy smile starts with choosing the right toothpaste to effectively clean and protect your teeth. Below are some tips to help your next trip down the toothpaste aisle a little less stressful.
ADA Certified Toothpaste: The American Dental Association (ADA) requires manufactures to meet certain guidelines unlike the FDA. Make sure you find the ADA seal of approval before purchasing. The ADA conducts extensive testing on the products to ensure they do what they claim.
Fluoride Toothpaste: Does it seem like every time you go for your dental check-up you have a new cavity? Fluorinated toothpaste may be the best choice for you. Fluoride has cavity-preventing effects and promotes remineralization of tooth enamel. Most toothpaste contains fluoride. Fluoride is the ingredient most dental professionals agree is a must to maintain a healthy smile.
Sensitive Formula Toothpaste: If you suffer from “sensitive” teeth this would be a good option for you. These toothpastes contain ingredients such as potassium nitrate that helps block the transmission of pain signals from the surface of your tooth to the nerves inside. However, sensitive toothpaste will not help with tooth pain caused by gum disease or tooth decay.
Whitening Toothpaste: All the “hype” surrounding whitening toothpaste is just that HYPE. Whitening toothpaste can appear to whiten teeth slightly by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or red wine. However, whitening toothpaste cannot change the natural color of your teeth. If you are looking to brighten your smile our in-office whitening procedure would be the best option for you!
In addition to your personal hygiene schedule, make sure you have a professional cleaning at least twice a year. Call Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry at 770-995-1957 to make your next appointment or with any questions you may have and our team will be happy to assist you!