Regular brushing is the cornerstone of good oral health, but many people overlook a crucial aspect of this routine. By just grabbing a random toothpaste off the shelf, you’re undermining the effectiveness of your daily brushing routine.
Here are a few tips to determine which toothpaste is best for you and your teeth!
If you’re a regular coffee drinker or a smoker, you want a toothpaste with high fluoride content. Your teeth are being submitted to above-average wear and tear, so you should focus on strengthening your enamel. Talk to your dentist about a prescription or check the box for at least 1K parts per million (PPM) in fluoride.
Are you noticing a lot of yellowing on your teeth? A high silicate toothpaste can help resolve or slow that. These are most often labeled as whitening toothpaste but check the box to make sure that both hydrogen and carbamide peroxide are present.
If you have sensitive teeth, whitening can be overly abrasive. You should also check relative dentin abrasivity (RDA). Teeth whitening toothpaste is usually high RDA, since abrasion is necessary to clean the tooth. This will be marked clearly on the box, and the higher the number, the more abrasive your toothpaste will be. If your teeth are feeling sensitive, you want to go with the lowest RDA option you can find. You can also contact your dentist and find a specific option to balance these two issues.
If your teeth are feeling particularly sensitive, you can start early treatment with the right toothpaste. You’ll want to make sure your toothpaste is marked to strengthen enamel, and if possible, look for one that contains potassium nitrate. This will protect the tooth’s nerves by blocking pathways to the inner material of the tooth.
You may be noticing a buildup of yellowish material at the base of your teeth—this is tartar. If you’re finding a lot of it, it means you should schedule a dentist appointment immediately. In the meantime, you should buy a toothpaste marked for tartar control. This will help mitigate the problem until you can see a professional. There are also toothpastes that will change the color of your tartar, making it easier to identify and brush.
The right toothpaste can do a lot for your oral hygiene, but there’s no substitute for regular dental appointments. If you’re noticing any of these issues or want to make sure you’re taking proper care of your teeth, contact us today to schedule an appointment.