Have you ever seen those toothpaste commercials that claim 4 out of 5 dentists recommend a specific brand of toothpaste? Do you ever find yourself wondering how accurate those commercials are or why those dentists are actually recommending specific toothpastes? We can answer your questions!
So, what toothpaste should I use?
The truth is for the average person, the toothpaste you use doesn’t matter. Frequency, technique, and duration of brushing are actually more important than the toothpaste brand you choose.
If that’s true, why are there so many different types of toothpastes?
Different toothpastes have different formulas to tackle different needs.
Sensitive Teeth: Toothpastes that advertise that they help prevent sensitivity all contain potassium nitrate, an agent that helps reduce sensitivity. There isn’t much difference between different toothpaste brands for sensitivity, as long as they contain this ingredient. While sensitive toothpaste formulas help those with sensitive teeth, they don’t provide much added benefit for those who don’t.
Fluoride: Dentists recommend the toothpaste you choose contains fluoride as it kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay, it decreases the dissolving effects of acid on enamel, and it helps prevent cavities. Most toothpastes contain fluoride.
Whitening Toothpaste: These toothpastes have a more abrasive texture to help assist in the removal of stains from wine or coffee, but they are unable to whiten the underlying layers of your teeth. The more abrasive texture does not improve the toothpaste’s ability to remove bacteria over other types of toothpaste.
Now I’m overwhelmed by the options!
If your current toothpaste is working for you, stick with it! Remember to brush daily, for about two minutes, with a brush that has soft bristles in order to promote a healthy smile.
Let us know what your favourite toothpaste is and why in the comment section below!