As with most of everything in the modern world, the staggering amount of choices can make something as simple as buying toothpaste downright overwhelming. Need to whiten your teeth a little bit (who doesn't?) There's a toothpaste for that! Have sensitive gums? There's another ten choices for that. Wear dentures? Looking to fight gingivitis? Perhaps all of the above? How do you know what type of toothpaste to choose, and how much of a difference does your choice really make in keeping your teeth and gums healthy?
The Do's and Don'ts of Buying Toothpaste
Because your teeth and gums are as unique as your skin, a good rule of thumb when trying to narrow down your choices is to start with the type that addresses your particular dental needs. And while it may be tempting for some to select a quirky brand made on an organic rooftop urban farm in Brooklyn or Portland and sold on Etsy, the experts advise consumers to always look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval to ensure that the product is both safe and effective.
Factors like gel vs. paste or peppermint flavor vs. cinnamon boil down to personal preferences. The best place to start is to ask the person who knows your dental needs as well as - or perhaps even better than you do - your dentist. Teeth whitening toothpastes and gels for example can help to remove surface stains and somewhat help to redeem your smile from the daily coffee or smoking habit, but they do contain abrasives which can also lead to sensitivity for some people. If sensitivity is already an issue with your teeth and gums, or you need more fluoride, ask your dentist whether an over the counter brand is sufficient, or if a prescription for a more specialized brand is necessary.
While the choice of toothpaste can make a difference depending on the person, it is only one factor in a healthy and well rounded oral hygiene routine. Regular flossing, proper brushing technique, and a healthy diet are also essential in avoiding common dental problems like cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
Contact you family dentists Dr. John Murhpy and Dr. Patrick Murphy in Milton
In addition to daily brushing and flossing at home, regular professional teeth cleanings and check-ups are an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums well into old age. To learn more about the best oral hygiene practices and to schedule an appointment with your Milton dentists Dr. John Murhpy and Dr. Patrick Murphy, contact the Murphy Dental Group, PLLC today at (617) 696-3900.