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3 Essential Tips For Choosing The Right Toothpaste

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Toothpaste is an essential part of your oral healthcare routine. Not only is it necessary for removing food residue, bacteria, and plaque from your teeth and gums, but the right toothpaste can also strengthen your teeth and gum tissue. Of course, knowing which toothpaste is right for you can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you select the right toothpaste.

Find the Seal

When you first walk down the toothpaste and toothbrush aisle at your local discount retailer or drug or grocery store, you may be surprised by the options available. Another shock you may experience is learning that not every toothpaste is approved or recommended by dentists. Therefore, you need to look for the ADA seal on the package before purchasing.

Toothpaste (and other oral hygiene products) that contain the ADA seal have been approved and are recommended by the American Dental Association. An acceptance and approval by the American Dental Association ensures the product is effective for caring for your mouth, teeth, and gums and beneficial to your overall oral health.

Without the seal, you will not be making the best investment for the underlying health and look of your smile.

Search for Fluoride

A seal from the ADA also ensures the toothpaste contains fluoride. This important ingredient protects your smile in many ways.

Fluoride prevents tooth decay by slowing down the breakdown of your tooth enamel and boosting the remineralization process. By brushing with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, you are protecting the tooth enamel, which is a protective coating over your teeth.

Without enamel, your teeth and the underlying roots and gums will be exposed to food and bacteria that lead to decay, infections, and gum disease.

Read Labels Thoroughly

Although you will need to read the label to determine if the toothpaste is approved by the ADA and contains fluoride, you should pay attention to other ingredients in the product, as well.

It is best to avoid brushing with any toothpaste that contains sweeteners. These ingredients are used to improve the taste of the toothpaste. While most common in children's toothpastes, the sweeteners and flavors are also available in products for adults.

In most cases, these sweeteners are just chemicals that can do more harm to your teeth than good. They may contain acidic properties, which eat through tooth enamel and irritate your gum tissue, increasing your risk of decay, cavities, and bleeding gums. 

Talk to your family dentist for more help with choosing the best tools for daily hygiene.


9 April 2019