In our last blog, we talked about using the right toothbrush for optimal oral health. All of us at Tobin Dental Care in Garden City also think it’s important that our patients know how to choose the best toothpaste to keep their smiles healthy.
With so many options to choose from, selecting the right toothpaste can be a pretty overwhelming task. From pastes to gels, flavors to fluoride and whiteners, how can you be sure you’re using the right toothpaste?
Let’s start with the basics.
Although toothpaste comes in a variety of forms, there are some common ingredients in most toothpastes:
Abrasive agents like calcium carbonate to help remove food, bacteria, and some stains.
Flavoring which is often added to make toothpaste taste better.
Substances like glycerol that helps prevent the paste from drying out.
While most toothpastes have these basic ingredients, there is one all-important ingredient to look for when choosing a toothpaste – fluoride.
Fluoride is key in the fight against tooth decay and cavities, and helps protect your teeth by making tooth enamel stronger. Fluoride is a necessary ingredient in toothpaste to help maintain oral health.
In addition to fluoride-infused toothpastes, there are toothpastes that help with tartar control, sensitive teeth, and even ones that help whiten. No matter what type of toothpaste you choose to use, it’s important to follow these three rules:
1) Buy a toothpaste that has fluoride.
2) Look for the American Dental Association seal of approval.
3) Make sure you like your toothpaste flavor and texture to ensure that you brush twice a day.
And don’t forget to keep up with your professional cleanings at the Garden City dental office of Dr. Nancy Tobin. If you’re due for a check up or cleaning, give us a call and schedule your appointment today!