With all the toothpastes available on the market it can be a daunting task trying to pick out which paste is best to use. Choosing the best toothpaste involves knowing the type of oral health you have. Once that is determined, the right oral care product can be chosen successfully. You can determine which toothpaste is right by visiting Kristen Ritzau DDS for a recommendation, or by using the guide below.
Which toothpastes are best?
As mentioned, the best toothpaste to use depends on your oral health. If cavity prevention is important, cavity protection toothpaste might be best. If bad breath is a problem, toothpaste that kills bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath might be a better option. When looking to keep all aspects of the mouth healthy, a whole oral care toothpaste is a better choice. Some other examples are:
- Fluoride Toothpaste: A paste with fluoride offers tooth decay prevention by making the enamel and dentin of the teeth stronger and more resistant against bacteria, stains, and acids.
- Baking Soda Toothpaste: For scrubbing away stains, tartar build-up and debris from the teeth a baking soda based toothpaste is a great option. Baking soda helps a paste become more abrasive so it can scrub the teeth clean effectively, but gently.
- Detergent Toothpaste: Scrubbing the teeth clean can be difficult, but with toothpaste that contains a detergent in it such as sodiumlauryl sulfate, brushing the teeth clean is much easier. This is because a detergent helps break up the food particles between and on the teeth. However, many people are allergic to detergent toothpastes, which results in a reaction that causes painful canker sores.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Toothpaste: Keeping the teeth white and bright is important to most people. A hydrogen peroxide based paste isbest for achieving a whiter smile because the peroxide acts as a natural bleaching agent that removes stains while killing harmful bacteria.
End Notes for Choosing the Best Toothpaste
Once the best toothpaste is determined for your individual oral care needs, then the toothpaste with the flavor and texture desired for keeping your entire mouth healthy can be chosen. Some of the flavor options are: mint, citrus, bubblegum and cinnamon, and texture options are paste, gel or powder. Consult Kristen Ritzau DDS at your next dental appointment if you have questions about which toothpaste is best for you.