When you visit the toothpaste aisle at your local discount retail store, grocery store or pharmacy in Hendricks County, do you ever feel overwhelmed by all of the choices? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
According to an American Dental Association (ADA) study, while more than half of adults surveyed are concerned about caring for their teeth and gums, 56% of people are confused about which dental products they should buy.
Let’s face it; picking toothpaste isn’t as easy as it used to be. Manufacturers offer such a wide variety of colors, flavors and formulations that it can be downright confusing. But choosing the right toothpaste doesn’t have to be that stressful.
Basically, as long as you’re brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, visiting Dr. Erickson at Danville Family Dentistry in Hendricks County for regular dental checkups, and using toothpaste that contains fluoride, you’re practicing good oral hygiene techniques. But if you still want to find that perfect tube of toothpaste, here are some suggestions:
- Look for the ADA Seal. This seal signifies that the toothpaste has undergone independent clinical studies for safety and effectiveness.
- Buy toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride will strengthen your teeth’s enamel and reduce the incidence of cavities. These types of toothpastes may also be labeled antimicrobial since stannous fluoride is an antibacterial agent that provides germ-fighting protection. Note: If you’re buying toothpaste with fluoride for your small children, make sure you only apply a small amount on their toothbrush in case they accidentally swallow it.
- Purchase a tartar control brand. When plaque accumulates on your teeth and isn’t removed, tartar, a hard, brownish deposit, can form. Toothpastes that contain sodium pyrophosphate or sodium hexametaphosphate help to keep new tartar from forming.
- Use whitening toothpastes if you want a brighter smile. However, you need to realize that whitening toothpastes only remove surface stains on the teeth through gentle polishing, chemical processes, or other non-bleaching actions. If you want a truly whiter smile, talk to Dr. Erickson about professional teeth whitening procedures.
- Brush with toothpaste for sensitive teeth if you have any sensitivity. A receding gum line can make your teeth sensitive to cold and/or touch. Toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth can reduce any discomfort you may experience.
Ultimately, your choice of toothpaste is a personal decision. But whatever you choose, make sure it’s toothpaste you like, so you’ll continue to brush your teeth twice a day.
And remember, while tooth brushing helps remove plaque that accumulates on your teeth, you still need to have your teeth professionally cleaned by Dr. Erickson at our Hendricks County office to remove built-up tarter. Call our office at 317-745-4400 to schedule your appointment today!