Choosing the Right Toothpaste

 

Good dental hygiene starts with your toothpaste. Make sure your brand has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval, and that it contains fluoride.

For tooth-decay prevention, fluoride is just as important as brushing. After that, you have several options.
Toothpastes that “whiten” can remove surface stains, and help you maintain the natural color of your teeth.
Anti-gingivitis toothpastes help reduce bacteria that cause gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. These toothpastes can be very effective in preventing the on-set of gingivitis.

Tartar-control toothpastes CAN help to prevent the new buildup of tartar (or hardened plaque.) However, a professional dental cleaning is the best way to remove existing tartar and bacteria.
Toothpastes for sensitive teeth can provide temporary relief of tooth pain caused by hot or cold foods, until your dentist can determine the cause of the pain.

If you have any questions about the selection of toothpastes, ask your dentist.