Standing in the toothpaste aisle can be daunting. There is literally a wall of this product to choose from! From whitening, to tartar control, these toothpastes offer everything and every flavor. Where do you even begin? Here are some helpful tips from your dentist in Coeur d’Alene on how to choose the right toothpaste for your needs.
The Ingredients of Toothpaste
Most toothpaste contains similar ingredients. The basic components of toothpaste are:
- Abrasive agents: These help to clean and remove debris from your teeth
- Detergent: This produces the foam that cleans your teeth
- Humectants: These keep your mouth from drying out during brushing
- Artificial flavors: To make brushing more pleasant
- Thickeners: To keep the thickness and consistency of the toothpaste
What Are Your Needs?
First determine what you’d like your toothpaste to accomplish. Besides cleaning your teeth, today’s toothpastes offer so much more. If you have sensitive teeth, there are toothpastes with ingredients to help minimize sensitivity. If you’d like to whiten your teeth, there are options for this as well.
The most important ingredient, however, should always be fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen your enamel, which in turn protects your teeth from decay. It also helps to remineralize enamel that has already been affected by the acids and bacteria that cause cavities. Whether you want to whiten your teeth, or protect against sensitivity, be sure that your toothpaste also contains fluoride.
A Note for Children
There are also toothpastes formulated for children. For those just beginning to brush their teeth, there is training toothpaste that is safe to swallow.
Let your child get involved in choosing the toothpaste they want to use. With so many fun flavors, colors, and characters on their toothpaste, they’re bound to find one that they love that will encourage them to brush regularly.
Consult Your Dentist
When all else fails, you can discuss your toothpaste needs with your family dentist in Coeur d’Alene for some suggestions on which brand may be right for your needs.
About the Author
Dr. Filip E. Orban takes care of patients in Coeur d’Alene, ID by providing high quality dentistry with a personal touch. Families will find a wide range of services to meet their needs at Orban Family Dental, and Dr. Orban looks forward to building relationships with his patients for many years to come.
Would you like to contact Dr. Orban? He can be reached at 208-209-5671 or through his website.