CHOOSING A TOOTHPASTE
Not all toothpastes are the same. Nor are all people’s needs the same. There are a number of fundamental considerations when deciding on which toothpaste to use. The main one is that it carries the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. The seal is awarded to only those products that have passed a rigorous testing procedure and have been proven safe and effective.
A major consideration is that the toothpaste contains fluoride, which is recognized as the key element in preventing tooth decay. Toothpastes that contain an ingredient called Triclosan can combat gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. You may be in the market for a toothpaste that contains a whitening agent. People, whose gums may have begun to recede, leaving parts of sensitive roots exposed, may consider a toothpaste with a desensitizing agent that will reduce the potential discomfort of exposure to heat and/or cold. Finally, finding a toothpaste that tastes good and leaves your mouth feeling invigorated will encourage you to use it.
Talk with your dentist or dental hygienist about your particular needs if you are in the process of selecting or considering switching to a new toothpaste.
If you, your family or friends need dental care, we would be honored to provide you with state-of-the-art dental care in our modern dental practice. Refer someone you love to someone you trust!
Presented as a service to the community by Doctors Hoover and Yanda,