What Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use?

There are many toothpaste options in the oral care aisle and this makes it difficult to know which kind and which brand is the best choice for you and your family.  First and foremost, choose a toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the box.  This means that it has been tested and the claims made are legit.  Other than that, the choice that is going to be best for you should be based on your individual issues and concerns.


If you have an issue with cavities, your battle is against a nasty sticky film called plaque.  Plaque interacts with certain foods (mainly sugary foods) and produces acids that eat away at the enamel on your teeth.  You should choose a toothpaste that contains mineral fluoride with the ADA seal and claims to be ant-cavity.


If you have sensitive teeth, talk to your dentist to find out exactly why.  You could be brushing too hard or you might have exposed roots or sensitive gums.  Your dentist may suggest a brand that contains strontium chloride or potassium nitrate that will help with your sensitivity.  The ADA approves several brands with these ingredients.


Since most of us would like to have a whiter smile, whitening toothpastes have become very popular.  Whitening toothpaste contains mild abrasives that help fight against staining.  However, they don’t have much of an impact on older stains.  If you are not satisfied with the results you receive ask the dentist about options available in the office.


Tarter is a result of plaque that has hardened.  Once tarter has formed the only way to get rid of it is in the dentist chair.  But there are toothpastes that contain pyrophosphates or zinc citrate that help in preventing the plaque from hardening.

The next time you are in for a teeth cleaning, talk to the dentist about the best toothpaste for you and your family.  Different members of the family may want to use different toothpastes depending on individual needs and concerns.