Tubes of toothpaste come in many different forms. From different flavors to different textures and consistencies, there is a toothpaste out there for every family and every need. However, understanding the differences between each kind of toothpaste can be a real challenge.
When selecting a toothpaste for you and your family, you want to be sure it will keep your teeth, gums, and mouth as healthy as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the most common kinds of toothpaste and what benefits they can provide you.
Many people tend to go straight for a whitening toothpaste when making their selection. A whitening toothpaste contains ingredients, such as peroxide, that can help remove stains that have built up on the teeth. However, whitening toothpaste can cause sensitivity and usually won’t give you the white smile you’re after.
Sensitive teeth can cause serious discomfort. If you or someone in your family has sensitive teeth, you’ll want to purchase a toothpaste special formulated for sensitive mouths. These kinds of toothpaste are less abrasive and contain fewer ingredients that may increase sensitivity.
If you have children under the age of two, you may want to consider purchasing a toothpaste specially formulated for kids. Not only do these kinds of toothpaste come in fruity flavors that your child may enjoy, they are also safer to swallow.
Fluoride is typically included in oral hygiene products to help protect enamel. Because fluoride can help slow down the enamel deterioration process, it is usually recommended that you purchase a toothpaste that has fluoride in it.
Tartar Control Toothpastes
A build-up of tartar can be one of the most unhealthy things for your teeth, so a tartar control toothpaste can be a great option for you and your family. However, you will still need regular cleanings with a dental hygienist to remove tartar build-up.
If you’re due for a cleaning, contact Dr. Anderson’s Kansas City cosmetic dentist office to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Anderson and his team can provide you with advice and recommendations on purchasing the right toothpaste for you and your family’s needs.