It gives fluoride to teeth.
It prevents tooth decay and oral-related problems like gum disease.
In 2015, toothpaste took the eighth place as the leading health and beauty product category in the United States (US).
The sales of the gel dentifrice or paste recorded approximately 2.97 billion US dollars. Supermarkets generate 759 million US dollars from toothpaste sales.
In data released by Statista, Inc., Procter & Gamble’s Crest toothpaste takes the top spot on the leading toothpaste brand in the US in 2017 with 235.4 million US dollars in sales. GlaxoSmithKline’s Sensodyne follows with 184.7 million US dollars.
According to the same data, the top ten spots in the most sold toothpaste are occupied by three brands namely Crest, Colgate, and Sensodyne.
But, when talking about dental care, does toothpaste brand matter?
The answer is a no. Instead of the brand name, it is important to see the underlying features of the toothpaste beyond its packaging.
Some types of toothpaste may be more suitable for certain individuals.
Ask yourself: What do I need from my toothpaste?
Examine the particularities of your teeth and gums and look for the toothpaste that suits your needs.
If you are aiming for stronger teeth and cavity prevention, choose a toothpaste with fluoride as its active ingredient. You can find it under the names sodium fluoride, sodium mono fluorophosphate or stannous fluoride which are always in less than 1500 ppm proportion.
For individuals with sensitive teeth, look for strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. Toothpaste with these substances is designed for people whose teeth are sensitive to temperature changes or hypersensitivity. Potassium nitrate relaxes the teeth’s nerves.
Toothpaste with carbamide peroxide or hydrogen, a bleaching agent, can help in prolonging the tooth whitening done by a professional. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives and ingredients designed to remove stains on the teeth’s enamel. To reduce gingivitis, you can look for chlorhexidine and essential oils.
Do not be enticed by words you see on the box or hear in commercials. Look at the ingredients and the features of the toothpaste.
It is also important that the toothpaste is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) to ensure that it is properly tested, safe for the teeth and provide the features that they claim.
And although price must not be the primary consideration in choosing toothpaste, be careful of cheaper toothpaste sold at discount or dollar stores since they may not be as effective that you may want them to be. This toothpaste may contain less essential ingredients, not ADA-approved, expired or contains a harmful ingredient.
You can also consult your dentist for advice on choosing the best toothpaste for you. Yet, brushing is not enough to achieve good oral health.
Floss and rinse with mouthwash, visit your dentist twice a year and eat healthy, along with brushing your teeth thoroughly.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.