When it comes to choosing the best toothpaste for you, it’s important to think about your unique oral health needs.
The most important ingredient to look for when choosing toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. Its use has been instrumental in the dramatic drop in tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and starches that remain on your teeth after eating. Using fluoride toothpaste is an important way to ensure that your teeth are reaping the benefits of this dental-friendly mineral. Don't think you can skip fluoride if you live in an area where the water is fluoridated.
There are many tartar control toothpastes on the market, most of which contain fluoride. Everyone has a layer of bacteria on their teeth called plaque. If plaque isn't removed promptly with proper oral hygiene, it hardens into tartar. This hard-to-remove deposit can build up on your teeth and under your gums, ultimately leading to gum disease.
For people who have teeth that are easily irritated -- for instance, by hot or cold temperatures, there are toothpastes available that are made for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These chemical compounds, which can take up to 4 weeks to offer relief, help tooth sensitivity by blocking pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves inside the teeth.
At Swan Dental, our commitment to patient comfort and knowledge education are our top priority.