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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide


Posted on 12/19/2022 by Dr. Sebastien Murphy
The Ultimate Toothpaste GuideEating an apple a day might keep the doctor away, but what about your teeth? To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it's important to brush twice a day with toothpaste. However, not all kinds of toothpaste are created equal when it comes to protecting oral health. With so many options available in the market today, how do you pick one that will be best for you?

What Is The Importance Of Toothpaste In Your Oral Health?


We can't stress the importance of toothpaste in your oral health enough. The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste. Toothpaste that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay and cavities. It works by strengthening the enamel on teeth, protecting them from acid damage caused by bacteria in your mouth.

The Different Types Of Toothpaste Available


Many types of toothpaste are available on the market today: whitening, tartar control, and sensitivity. Each one has a different use and set of ingredients that make it unique for your oral health needs. Whitening or brightening toothpaste contains mild abrasives to polish away surface stains from coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco products. Tartar-control toothpaste helps slow down plaque buildup, so you don't develop more cavities than necessary while cleaning your teeth thoroughly. Sensitive toothpaste contains potassium nitrate, which can help reduce pain caused by exposed dentin found in people with receding gums or very sensitive teeth due to gum disease treatment such as scaling and root planing (deep cleanings).

Toothpaste For Kids


Kids' toothpaste should be gentle to make them want to brush their teeth. It is recommended that you teach your children proper oral hygiene habits by setting an example for them at a young age. The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride-free toothpaste on kids younger than six years old, as they may swallow it and develop minor health problems like fluorosis (mottling of the teeth). Kids aged two to five can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with 500 ppm fluoride per ounce if they're already used to brushing their teeth twice daily with just water or without any form of toothbrush or dental flossing device. Otherwise, those under the age of two should have regular access to fluoride until they're old enough to spit out the toothpaste without swallowing it.

We hope this article has been of some help in your quest for the best toothpaste for you. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out, and we'll be happy to answer them! We're always ready to see new faces at our dental office, so feel free to stop by anytime. And if you want a second opinion on what kind of toothpaste is right for you, visit us and we will gladly our professional advice.
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