Daily teeth brushing is important to your dental and oral health – we know that. Toothpaste is what
makes the brushing beneficial. Most contain fluoride, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). With the possible
health risks and allergies to these ingredients, there are alternative toothpastes that omit these
ingredients. Be sure to read the label if you’re concerned about any of these ingredients. Choosing the
best toothpaste for your family involves some research as not all toothpastes are created equally. There
are off-brand toothpastes that are not recommended by dentists. Each type of toothpaste is designed to
attain different, specific results.
Types of Toothpaste
Fluoride toothpaste: The vast majority of toothpastes contain fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally
occurring mineral that is essential in reducing tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride strengthens
your tooth’s enamel and repairs areas on the teeth that have begun to decay.
Toothpastes for sensitive teeth: Sensitive teeth toothpaste contains potassium nitrate and
strontium chloride, which offers pain relief by blocking pathways between the outside of the
teeth and the nerves within the teeth.
Whitening toothpaste: This type of toothpaste is for those who want pearly white teeth.
Contrary to popular belief, these toothpastes don’t contain bleaching agents. Rather, they
contain abrasive chemicals that polish the surface of teeth and pull off tooth stains.
Children’s’ toothpaste: This type of toothpaste has a flavor that kids love, such as bubble gum.
Most children’s toothpaste contains fluoride and SLS which can be dangerous if not used
The most important considerations to make before implementing an oral care plan and choosing a
toothpaste brand is the age of the child. Home oral care should begin before the emergence of the first
tooth. Prior to the age of two, the child will have had most of their teeth come in, and brushing should
begin. Initially, select fluoride-free “baby” toothpaste and softly brush the teeth twice per day.
Flavoring is largely unimportant, so the child can play an integral role in choosing whatever type of
toothpaste tastes most pleasant. Between the middle and the end of the third year, select an American
Dental Association accepted brand of toothpaste containing fluoride. Use only a tiny pea or rice-sized
amount of fluoride toothpaste, and encourage the child to spit out the excess after brushing.
Eliminating the toothpaste takes practice, patience, and motivation, especially if the child finds the
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to
orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a
variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back
into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719- 7900 or contact us online. For other
useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.