Is Your Toothpaste Right For You?

toothpaste1Do you ever end up confused when trying to choose a toothpaste? With the many different brands and varieties on the market it is easy to become confused. Which toothpaste is right for you? Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you have gingivitis, periodontal disease, bad breath? Are you hoping to get your teeth a few shades whiter, or is your only concern fighting cavities? Read on to find out if the toothpaste you’re using is the right toothpaste for you.

A Variety of Toothpastes

There is a large variety of toothpastes on the market today. There are toothpastes for whitening, toothpastes for hypersensitivity, toothpastes to control plaque and tartar, ones to control gum disease, smoker’s toothpastes, cavity fighting toothpastes, all-in-one toothpastes, and even natural toothpastes. How do you know which toothpaste is right for you?

Whitening toothpastes: Whitening toothpastes are basically for cosmetics. Because enamel loses its whiteness as you age, whitening toothpastes are popular among older populations who are retaining their natural teeth longer. Most whitening toothpastes use enzymes such as papain, triclosan, citric acid, and sodium tripolyphosphate. There are other whitening agents as well, including peroxide, abrasives, and detergents.

Sensitive teeth: Tooth hypersensitivity can be a result of aging. As you get older, your gums may recede exposing the root surface of certain teeth. This can result in sensitivity when eating cold ice cream or drinking cold drinks.  Toothpastes specially formulated for sensitive teeth that contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride can be effective in relieving tooth pain

Gingivitis: For individuals with excessive plaque, tartar buildup, or gingivitis choose a toothpaste with zinc citrate, pyrophosphates, and triclosan.

Smoker’s toothpastes: People who smoke often suffer stained teeth because of tar deposits. Some smoker’s toothpastes contain stronger abrasives to help eliminate tar stains. They also have special ingredients to remove plaque, help whiten, and neutralize bad breath.

Natural toothpastes: Natural toothpastes made from herbal extracts, essential oil of ginger, seaweed extract, propolis and other natural ingredients are also available. Many of these toothpastes have not been clinically proven. Toothpastes with the ADA seal of approval have been voluntarily tested for safety and effectiveness.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.