As you travel through the toothpaste aisle, you’re probably bombarded by all the claims of the many different toothpaste brands like “Whitens Your Smile”, “Prevents Tooth Decay”, or “Freshens Your Breathe As It Cleans”.
And you’re probably wondering if one toothpaste is better than the next.
Here is one important label to search for on your toothpaste quest. Always look for the ADA seal on your toothpaste’s box! According to the American Dental Association, “This shows the product has been tested, its claims are legitimate, and its ingredients are effective”.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer paste or gel, cinnamon or spearmint, those options don’t have anything to do with the effectiveness of your dentifrice.
So, which toothpaste (or gel) is right for you? Do you want whiter teeth?
Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that help polish teeth and prevent the buildup of additional stains—but they won’t have much impact on older discolorations.
For a whiter smile, look for pastes or gels that contain modified silicone abrasives, like Rembrandt or Ultra Brite brands. If you’re not satisfied with the results after one month, ask your family dentist about in-office solutions.
We would love for you to visit our dental office in Clarksville, so we can provide custom-fit trays and powerful whitening gels that produce results much faster than over-the-counter products.
What about fighting cavities?
There have been a lot of discussions lately about the use of fluoride in city water systems. The mineral fluoride, which the ADA refers to as nature’s cavity fighter, coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids.
Every day, a sticky film of bacteria is trying to form on your teeth. That film is plaque, and it interacts with certain foods—mostly sugars—to produce acids that eat away at your tooth’s enamel, which results in tiny holes (cavities).
The solution? While most toothpastes contain fluoride you can be certain any product that features the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job.
Here’s a helpful tip… After brushing, spit but don’t rinse right away! This gives more time for the fluoride and other ingredients in your toothpaste to work.
For some of our general dental patients, these toothpastes don’t work, so Restorative Dental can provide you with a prescription cavity fighter such as Colgate PreviDent.
What is tartar?
Tartar comes from bacterial plaque that has hardened. No matter how much you brush, once the tartar has formed, only that little pick your dentist uses can scrape it off. However, toothpastes containing tartar-fighting elements can prevent the plaque from hardening. Look on the label for ingredients like pyrophosphates or zinc citrate. Crest Tartar Protection is one ADA-approved option.
So, pick your toothpaste carefully and visit your family dentist regularly!
Come visit Restorative Dental in Clarksville, so we can give you more in-depth advice as to your personal needs as far as you at-home dental care.