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How to Pick the Right Toothpaste for Your Needs

Posted on 10/15/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
How to Pick the Right Toothpaste for Your NeedsAll toothpastes are not made alike. It may seem like they are all just the same white stuff. It's easy to feel that way, walking down a long aisle at your local store and seeing dozens of different brands, flavors, and advertised uses.

Throughout your life, there will be different kinds of toothpaste more beneficial for you. Your oral hygiene, diet, and health are common factors for choosing a toothpaste. Understanding the different paste will make picking the right one easy.

Children's Toothpaste

A child's toothpaste is almost identical to adults, the only difference with a children's type of toothpaste is it will contain less fluoride to protect a child from getting too much of it.

Smokers Toothpaste

Smokers toothpaste is like your regular toothpaste, however, it will come with a whitening agent in it and some form of activated charcoal to agitate and remove surface stains on the teeth.

Toothpaste For Sensitive Teeth

Toothpaste that is made for people with sensitive teeth contains all of your usual active ingredients with one added ingredient called potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate ion hyper-polarizes the nerves in your teeth, stopping them from firing when you are brushing your teeth.  

Herbal Toothpaste

Herbal toothpaste usually contains some form of coconut oil, baking soda, some flavoring ingredient like stevia, and peppermint or cinnamon essential oils. It is important to know that most herbal toothpaste does not contain fluoride.

These will be your main genre of toothpaste found at the grocery store. Depending on what you're looking for and your needs, you should be able to narrow down from this list and find the toothpaste that you'll want next to your sink. If you have any further questions or want more information, please give our office a call and we would be happy to answer any further questions you may have. 
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