Toothpaste has been around since 5000bc (thank the Egyptians) and its effectiveness has existed in almost every civilization since then. In the last 100 years, we have pioneered most promising changes to toothpaste that will make your teeth healthier than our ancestors could have ever dreamed.
The market is currently flooded with hundreds of toothpaste brands and types. One trip to the store is enough to leave you confused and probably walking out with a brand that you saw on TV. Thankfully there are a few guidelines that, if you follow, will make shopping for toothpaste much easier. Let’s dive in!
Get the Seal of Approval
The American Dental Association (ADA) approves toothpaste based on a strict set of rules. When you’re out shopping, always look to get the ADA seal of approval on your toothpaste. This seal means that there was product testing, and the results were conclusive that the claims made by the manufacturer were true. Legitimate claims and efficient results are what you’re buying, and that’s what we all want in the end, right?
Yellow teeth are something that plagues us all from time to time. If you’re looking to get whiter teeth, look for any toothpaste brand sporting the tagline “Whitening”. These kinds of toothpaste have mild abrasives that help polish the teeth and loosen up any plaque that might have built up during the day.
Try these for about a month. If whitening toothpaste isn’t making a clear difference, then you’re going to want to consult your dentist. Most likely this tartar build-up won’t be able to be removed by toothpaste alone and will mean a trip to the chair to get your teeth cleaned. Speaking of Tartar…
Unlike the sauce of the same name, tartar is that last thing you want in your mouth. Tartar on your teeth is buildup that has solidified and can no longer be broken by brushing. Luckily there are many tartar preventing toothpastes which help to prevent of solidification of plaque on your teeth. This type of toothpaste usually contain pyrophosphates or zinc citrate, so keep your eyes open for those ingredients when buying.
If you have sensitive teeth and gums you know how hard it can be to find the right toothpaste. From mild abrasives to strong chemicals and flavors it sometimes seems like the world of toothpaste is fighting against you. Luckily there are several brands of toothpaste that have ADA approved toothpaste for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes have desensitizing agents in them which help to reduce or eliminate pain when brushing.
If you’re experiencing regular tooth pain or sensitivity, be sure to consult with your dentist first. Toothpaste is no replacement for a trained professional giving you the inside scoop on what’s going on in your mouth. You may just need to alter your brushing technique, or there may be a deeper issue. The only way you’ll know is by getting in there and asking!
Oh, cavities… Most of us have felt their stinging bite before and had to undergo the totally unintrusive act of getting them filled. We hate cavities here at Hospital Dental Group, and we know you do too. We’re sure you know the old trick of “not eating too much sugar” to help prevent cavities, but at the same time, we know that sometimes you just need to eat a whole carton of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream while marathoning Stranger Things. We can’t condone this type of behavior every night, but we can say that using toothpaste with a mineral fluoride will help prevent cavities from popping up when you have your binge nights.
Cavities happen when the film of bacterial plaque over your teeth come into contact with sugars. A chemical reaction takes place that creates an acid which begins to eat at your teeth. Too many of these reactions in a short time can mean cavities. Mineral Fluoride coats your teeth in such a way that it prevents the bacterial plaque from forming its film over your teeth which in turn helps to prevent cavities.
If you’re still having trouble with cavities using off-the-shelf toothpaste, consult with your dentist about getting prescription grade anti-cavity toothpaste.
As you can see there is only one standard for toothpaste, ADA approved. Beyond that, it’s as easy as figuring out what you want from your toothpaste and then getting it. If you have any other questions or need to set up an appointment, reach out to us anytime by filling out the forms on the right! Thanks for reading!