Are You Using the Right Type of Toothpaste for Your Smile?

Let’s take a look at the five kinds of toothpaste

When it comes to toothpaste, there’s a wide variety of products on the market that serve different purposes. Which toothpaste product are you currently using? Are you using the toothpaste most beneficial for your smile?

Let’s talk about the different types of toothpastes available today, and what they can provide:

1. Fluoride and anti-caries toothpaste

The commonly used fluoridated toothpaste works to put minerals back into weakened areas of the enamel, making the teeth more resistant to tooth decay/cavities. This type of toothpaste is especially beneficial for those at a higher risk for cavities.

2. Anti-Plaque or anti-gingivitis toothpaste

A toothpaste formulated to destroy harmful germs and combat plaque and ultimately gum disease (gingivitis) is great for those who are more susceptible to rapid tartar buildup or gum infection/ gums that bleed easily.

3. Sensitivity toothpaste

Individuals with particularly sensitive teeth (teeth that experience pain with eating or drinking cold/sweet substances) can greatly benefit from using this type of toothpaste. Special ingredients in the product work to numb or protect the nerves of the teeth.

4. Whitening toothpaste

This toothpaste type offers a cosmetic benefit only. And it doesn’t technically “whiten” the teeth through bleaching – but it does help to remove stains from the surfaces of the teeth, as it contains certain abrasives. Unfortunately, using a whitening toothpaste is not ideal for everyone, especially those with worn tooth enamel… and if you have any expectations that your teeth will appear significantly whiter with a toothpaste like this, prepare to be disappointed. Luckily, there’s professional teeth whitening for that.

5. Fluoride-free toothpaste

Children who are at the age where they’re still at risk for accidentally swallowing their toothpaste should be using a fluoride-free toothpaste to brush their teeth.

So, can you say you’ve been using the right toothpaste this whole time?

Keep practicing habits your smile appreciates… and that strep mutans don’t!


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