Choosing the Right Toothpaste
As you walk down the aisle of neatly organized boxes of toothpaste, choosing which one to buy can be overwhelming. With so many choices touting so many different benefits, it can be difficult to figure out which is the best toothpaste for your needs. In this blog, our Douglasville Dentist will explain the different types of toothpaste so you can choose the right one for your teeth!
Fluoride is one of the most important ingredients to look for when selecting toothpaste. Fluoride was discovered in the early 20th century. The naturally occurring mineral is known to decrease tooth decay and cavities significantly as well as protect the teeth from acid released from eating sugars and starches. The mineral also helps remineralize areas of your teeth that may have already started to decay. As you’re shopping for your next tube of toothpaste, make sure Fluoride is listed as an active ingredient.
Bacteria lives on everyone’s teeth; we just call it plaque. If you fail to brush consistently, the plaque builds up and hardens into tartar. Tartar can build up and form under your gums in your teeth, which leads to gum disease. Tartar control toothpaste is designed to control the amount of plaque built up on your teeth using pyrophosphates and zinc citrate. If you are unsure of whether or not you need a toothpaste with tartar control, consult your Douglasville Dentist.
Toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth often have minerals inside the paste that can attach and block pathways to the nerves. If you have sensitive teeth and are looking for the right toothpaste, keep in mind, it can take up to six weeks for this toothpaste to start working.
If you are still not sure which toothpaste is right for you, you can always consult your dentist. At Austell Dental Associates, we feel it is our responsibility to help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Check out more of our blog for tips on how to keep your mouth healthy. We are currently accepting new patients. Call (770) 467-3888to schedule your first visit.