The dental hygiene aisle in your local grocery store is filled with multiple shelves filled with many brands and types of toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste. While most people choose a toothbrush based on personal preference, advertisements tend to determine toothpaste sales.
To ensure that a toothpaste will meet your needs, it is important to base your purchase on a product’s ingredients and effectiveness over its brand. When purchasing a new toothpaste, keep the following concepts in mind.
Toothpaste comes in powder, paste or gel form. As most toothpastes have the same basic components, these variations have little to do with each product’s efficiency. These basic components consist of:
While all products contain the same base ingredients, many toothpastes have added ingredients to help individuals with specific concerns. Decay prevention is provided with the addition of fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel and fights decay. Plaque and gingivitis-fighting ingredients are added to prevent gum disease, while “whitening” toothpastes contain chemicals that act as polishing agents to remove surface stains. Tooth sensitivity can also be remedied with specialized products that are labeled as “desensitizing.”
Though there are many forms and brands of toothpaste available, featuring whitening, desensitizing and plaque-fighting agents, one way to find the best option on the shelf is to look for the ADA Seal. The American Dental Association provides its seal of approval to toothpastes that meet the criteria for safety and effectiveness.
If you are in a hurry and searching for an effective product, look for the ADA Seal to ensure that your new toothpaste will strengthen and protect your teeth.
If you are still searching for the perfect toothpaste, be sure to speak with your dentist about the best option for your needs during your next appointment!