Which toothpaste should I be using?
The answer to this question is, it all depends on your particular needs! The main goal of toothpaste is to remove food and bacteria from your teeth. Not all toothpastes are the same, and the one product that works for you might not work as well for someone else. If you are lazy about brushing and flossing, NO toothpaste will get you the smile or good oral health you seek. Following your dentist’s directives, using the right toothpaste could prevent gum pain, stained teeth, cavities and other more serious problems.
There are many options of toothpastes to choose from which makes finding the right one challenging. Products having the American Dental Association, ADA seal is helpful as it is an assurance the product has been tested and deemed to be effective. There are a variety of special needs or goals people may have which make certain products better matches for patients.
If a brighter smile and teeth is your goal, whitening toothpastes have mild abrasives and whiteners that help polish teeth and prevent the build up of additional stains. Caution, sometimes whitening toothpastes can cause sensitive teeth to become more sensitive. You’ll want to avoid using a toothpaste that is too abrasive such as smokers’ toothpaste as these can cause wear and permanent damage.
When battling cavities, the ADA recommends fluoride which is known as nature’s cavity fighter. This mineral fluoride coats the teeth and protects them from cavity causing acids and helps reverse early areas of decay.
Sensitive Teeth or Gums
Experiencing sensitive teeth or gums may be the result of brushing too roughly, having cavities, or possibly nerve problems. Dr. Osterbauer will be able to diagnose the exact cause of your sensitivity. Toothpaste products containing strontium or potassium nitrate will help to lessen the sensitivity by blocking exposed tooth root pores that lead to the nerve.
Tartar which is also called calculus is the result of bacterial plaque that has hardened from the minerals in the saliva. No matter how hard you brush, once the tartar has formed, only a cleaning by your dental professional can scrape it off. There are however toothpastes which contain tartar fighting elements which prevent the plaque from hardening. Ingredients like pyrophosphates or zinc citrate will help you to prevent the tartar buildup. Again caution, sometimes the chemical which prevents tartar in these toothpastes can cause sensitive teeth to become more sensitive.
People wearing dentures should not use regular toothpastes for their dentures. Regular toothpastes are too abrasive for the denture and can cause micro scratches which promote attachment of bacteria and stain. The use of effervescent denture tablets or solutions followed by brushing with a denture brush have shown to clean effectively.
So as you can see there are a number of ways to answer this question of finding the right toothpaste. Dr. Hoiland and her team will help you to find the right toothpaste and other products for you and your teeth. Your dental professionals identify your needs and progress over time and will make recommendations dependent on your current needs. Give our office a call, 612-782-9270 to get the answers to your best oral health concerns!