How to choose a toothpaste

How to choose a toothpaste

Choose a product that is best suited to your oral health needs.

If you’ve ever browsed the oral health aisle in the search for the perfect toothpaste, you will know that there is an overwhelming number of products to choose from. From whitening formulas to fluoride-rich options, it can be difficult to know where to even begin. So, how do you choose a product that is right for you? There are several factors to consider, but a good starting point is to determine what your oral health needs are. Read on for our tips on choosing a toothpaste that will keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape…

1. Check for fluoride

One of the most important ingredients to look out for when selecting an effective toothpaste is fluoride. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride strengthens the enamel of the teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities. The ingredient can even reverse some of the effects of acid damage caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth as it can rebuild the minerals in the teeth.

One of the best ways to ensure that your teeth get enough fluoride is to use a toothpaste that contains the ingredient. Even if you drink water that is fluorinated (as is the case in many cities), it is still a good idea to use a fluoride toothpaste.

2. Address sensitivity

If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, it is worth looking for a toothpaste that has been specially formulated to minimise discomfort. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth are particularly well-suited to individuals whose teeth are easily irritated or triggered by extreme temperatures. These products generally contain chemical compounds that block the pathways through the teeth, which are attached to the nerves inside the teeth. Although many people find these types of toothpastes helpful, it is important to note that they can take some time to provide relief. It is also worth speaking to your dentist if you suffer from sensitivity as the issue could be caused by an underlying issue.

3. Control tartar

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on the surface of the teeth and along the gumline. It is packed with bacteria, and if left unremoved, it can harden into tartar. Tartar is extremely difficult to remove, and if it is left to accumulate, it can lead to gum disease and other oral health issues.

Many toothpastes contain ingredients that are specially formulated to prevent the build-up of tartar. These include chemical compounds, as well as an antibiotic that destroys certain bacteria in the mouth. If you practice proper oral hygiene and are still concerned about plaque and tartar, consult with your dentist who will be able to recommend a suitable toothpaste.

How can we help?

At Dental Pearls, we understand that good oral health doesn’t happen by accident. It takes time and effort to maintain your smile, and our team strongly encourages all our patients to practice proper oral hygiene daily. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a good quality toothbrush and toothpaste and flossing daily. We are available to answer any questions that you have about your oral hygiene techniques and habits, so if you need help selecting a toothpaste or improving your routine in any way, we can help.

We also encourage all our patients to take advantage of our preventative dentistry services. It is advisable that you come in and see us every six months for a dental examination and cleaning session as this will reduce your risk of dental disease. We also offer dental x-rays, fissure sealants, education and counselling, demonstrations on how to best maintain a healthy mouth, and fluoride treatments.

To find out more about the preventative dentistry services at Dental Pearls, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here or give us a call on (07) 3210 2144. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice in Brisbane and helping to keep your smile beautiful and healthy in the long-term.

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