In today’s world, there’s so many options for you as a consumer. At the grocery store, we can get overwhelmed by the amount of different kinds of the same product. Have you ever spent way too long in the bread isle because you’re indecisive on what loaf to choose? The same thing can happen with oral healthcare products. You’re in the toothpaste aisle and there they are: all the different types. How do you know which one is best for you? Your trusted dentist in East Longmeadow can share some valuable insight into this dilemma. Keep reading to find out if you’ve been choosing the right toothpaste.
What Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use?
Because toothpaste is used by most people in the world, the market has exploded. Marketers have now saturated your average toothpaste aisle with many different brands and packaging to try to win you over as a consumer.
The right teeth cleaning agent for you is not so much about what brand you use, but what kind of ingredients your toothpaste is made of. Your East Longmeadow dentist recommends that you use toothpaste containing fluoride. When looking at the packaging and ingredients label, if the product you choose contains fluoride, it’s a great toothpaste to use.
Why Should I Use Toothpaste with Fluoride?
Fluoride is the most important ingredient to look for in your toothpaste because it protects your teeth from harmful acids that damage them. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been a major part of the dramatic drop in tooth decay and cavities over the last 50 years.
This amazing natural mineral protects your teeth in two ways. Primarily, fluoride makes your tooth enamel much stronger and less likely to suffer decay from acid. Also, it can reverse the early stages of acid damage by solidifying the areas of your teeth that have started to decay.
Are There Any Toothpastes I should Avoid?
Some natural toothpaste formulations do not contain fluoride. Unless otherwise directed by your dentist, only look for toothpastes that are fluoridated. In addition, if you have sensitive teeth, avoid buying “teeth whitening” toothpaste. These products are generally safe, but they contain chemical agents that can irritate your teeth and even worsen sensitivity.
It’s important to note that for children younger than 3, fluoridated toothpaste should be used sparingly. Use just a small amount (the size of a grain of rice) for each brushing session. This will keep your son or daughter’s teeth protected, while making sure they don’t develop fluorosis—discoloration of the teeth caused by too much fluoride.
Next time you’re at the store, read the ingredients and not just the brands. Your toothpaste can be a great preventive measure for cavities and decay, so be on the look out for fluoridated teeth cleaning options to give you and your loved ones’ smiles the protection they deserve.
About the Practice
At Scannell & Hollinger, Inc., our doctors are ready to help you and your family with any oral healthcare needs you have. Dr. Scannell, Dr. Hollinger, and Dr. Reilly all stay up-to-date on the latest practices and best products to use through membership with the American Dental Association and Massachusetts Dental Society. For any questions, our doctors can be contacted by phone at (413) 525-6821.