Making decisions about your teeth can be a confusing and overwhelming task, especially if you don’t have a plan. Staring you in the face are all different types of toothpastes vying for your attention with features like whitening, tartar prevention, cavity protection, and baking soda.
You’re probably just trying to grab one and get out of there.
Stay focused, but not on the brand names.
With so many brand names to pick from, it’s easy to get lost in which toothpaste to choose. The brand may be something you are loyal too, but what really counts are the ingredients.
Wading through the largely superfluous features to find the essentials you need in a toothpaste is tough. So here is the breakdown of what you should look for:
This is one ingredient you should watch out for in a toothpaste. Fluoride is mainly used to prevent tooth decay and strengthen the enamel on your teeth. However, you want to look at the amount of Fluoride in toothpaste as little amounts are better for your health. Excess fluoride can actually damage teeth. The benefits of fluoride are reduced if the toothpaste contains less than 1000 parts per million of fluoride. While toothpastes that have between 400 to 500 parts per million of fluoride are just as effective if there was none present, so make sure there isn’t too little! If you are more cavity prone, high fluoride content is better than low.
Opt for less, not more.
Many toothpastes offer whitening agents that contain damaging ingredients that can cause enamel to wear away. If you want to prevent your teeth from becoming susceptible to sensitivity, try to stay away from brands that have these agents. Watch for more harmful ingredients such as Triclosan, Dea, Propylene Glycol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as well.
Look for the seal.
Whatever toothpaste you end up deciding on, just make sure it bears the ADA seal. The ADA ensures that each brand bearing their logo has passed rigorous testing to ensure an effective, quality product. Generic brands are not likely to carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance and consistent quality with high manufacturing standards may not be guaranteed.
Brush the right way.
The way you brush your teeth has more to do with your oral health than anything else. If you’re brushing for less than 2 consistent minutes, you are doing yourself and your mouth a disservice.
If sensitive teeth are holding you back, you should take special consideration when choosing a toothpaste. Check with your dentist for their recommendation first. Everyone’s situation is different and what may work for one person, could prove harmful for another.