There are so many types and brands of toothpaste out there on the market with different packaging, different claims, and different names.
But, though, which one is the right one for you?
One thing to take note of is that some types of toothpaste may be most suitable for certain people more than others, however, the specific brand may not be so important after all.
When searching for a new brand of toothpaste, pay less attention to the brand name and the features on the outside of the toothpaste packaging.
Toothpaste boxes may feature things such as, “Decreases chances of tooth decay,” “Minty fresh for great breath,” “Makes teeth bright and shiny,” when really, all toothpastes have these capabilities. These are often just catches to make consumers say, “Ooh, I want that one,” in order to compete with other brands.
Rather, look at the ingredients or the important features on the packaging. Toothpastes that have teeth-whitening capabilities often containing abrasives and other ingredients designed to remove stains on the enamel layer of the teeth.
However, toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth contain potassium nitrate to relax the teeth’s nerves, thus aiding with tooth sensitivity. Some brands even make toothpastes just for those dealing with sensitivity. Lastly, toothpastes with fluoride contain higher levels of fluoride helpful in making the teeth strong, healthy, and more immune to developing cavities, which is what most people will use.
Tooth-whitening toothpastes should only be used for those who want brighter, whiter teeth and of course have a healthy layer of tooth enamel, so that tooth sensitivity does not occur due to the abrasions of the paste. Of course, those facing tooth sensitivity should make use of a toothpaste designed for their sensitivity. As for everyone else, going for a traditional fluoride-containing paste will be most suitable.
When choosing a toothpaste, it’s also very important to go for one that is ADA (American Dental Association) approved, which will be listed on the packaging. The reason for this is because toothpastes with ADA approval are properly tested to ensure they are safe for the teeth and provide what they claim to do for the teeth. This is especially crucial for those looking to purchase toothpastes for tooth sensitivity; you want something that has been tested and won’t make your sensitivity worse.
Another thing important to take note of is the price. Cheaper toothpastes, for example toothpastes at discount or dollar stores, may not be as effective.
They may contain less of important ingredients, may not have ADA approval, be expired, or have harmful ingredients not normally found in a decent toothpaste. Remember that quality matters, especially when it comes to the health of your mouth.
“There was a period where we were trying to save money by buying cheap toothpaste, and my sensitivity got so bad that I couldn’t eat anything that wasn’t room temperature,” says one consumer. Going for a moderately priced toothpaste is best.
This is very important for those who already have bad teeth or suffer from tooth sensitivity. Never settle for less; your teeth will thank you.