What to Look For in Your Toothpaste?

What to Look For in Your Toothpaste?

Posted by PRIMARY DENTAL CLINIC on Dec 15 2020, 11:13 AM

When you go to a store to pick up a tube of toothpaste, you find dozens of brands and kinds. Choosing the right toothpaste that is good for your oral health may seem like a daunting task when you have so many options.

The basic tip to remember when you are in a dilemma about which toothpaste to buy is to focus on your oral health goals. Do you wish to prevent cavities or restore the whiteness of teeth? Do you wish to prevent sensitivity of your teeth, or do you need to avoid gum disease? Narrow down on your needs and preferences and accordingly choose the best toothpaste for yourself.

Here is a brief guide explaining the different factors to consider while buying toothpaste.

Fluoride Element

Fluoride is a helpful agent in aiding with plaque removal and the prevention of tooth decay. Check the details on the package of toothpaste to find out if it contains fluoride. Fluoride helps maintain as well as improve oral health.

Other Ingredients

Each tube of toothpaste is unique and has various ingredients. A few of the most common elements of toothpaste are:

  • Stannous and Sodium Fluoride - Helpful in preventing tooth decay
  • Triclosan - A bacteria-fighting ingredient
  • Xylitol - Prevents plaque buildup
  • Sodium Laurel Sulphate - Aids in washing off bacteria, food debris, and plaque
  • Potassium Nitrate and Strontium Chloride - Helps desensitize teeth

Flavor and Texture

Your toothpaste's flavor and texture are important aspects to consider because you will enjoy brushing and more inclined to do it regularly and properly only when the toothpaste is appealing.

ADA Seal of Approval

The ADA seal of approval on a tube of toothpaste signifies that it abides by the association's basic standards. It guarantees that the product is safe to use and is effective in every way it claims to be.

Besides the basic oral issues to tackle, other dental reasons such as dentures, braces, and dental implants may require you to take extra care while picking a toothpaste. So, when you visit the dentist the next time, be sure to check with him or her if you need to look into any additional details while buying toothpaste. Once you are well-informed, you can make the right choice when purchasing toothpaste for yourself.


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