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Does The Type of Toothpaste You Use Matter?

December 31, 2022 10:30 pm

As you’re confronted by the shelves upon shelves of different toothpaste at the store, you may be wondering: How different can all of these products really be? While a lot of it chalks up to personal preference, it does matter to a certain extent what kind of toothpaste you buy if you want to use what’s best for your oral health.

Toothpaste with Fluoride

Most dentists recommend that you brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel against decay. Exposing your teeth to enough fluoride will reduce your risk of developing cavities. (You can also expose your teeth to fluoride by drinking tap water.)

Specially-Formulated Toothpaste

Sometimes the special features and uses of a toothpaste can seem like a whole bunch of marketing mumbo jumbo. But in some cases there really is some difference involved. Whitening toothpastes, for example, often have additional abrasives designed to scrub away surface stains. Then there are anti-sensitivity toothpastes that have extra ingredients to block nerve and pain sensors in teeth. If you’re dealing with a specific oral health concern, like tooth sensitivity, it can actually help to go with a toothpaste made for that.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about all the different toothpastes you could buy, make things easy on yourself and look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This little seal can be found on products that the American Dental Association have found to be safe and effective.

Consult with Our Team!

Lefler Dental in Hot Springs Village provides a comprehensive suite of dental services. We love answering questions related to oral health! Our team can suggest personalized oral hygiene recommendations based on your oral health, lifestyle, and budget. Our practice is here to welcome you whenever it’s time for your next appointment. Contact us today to plan a visit.

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