Not all toothpaste is the same, so how do you know which toothpaste is the best for your teeth? There are more and more different types of toothpaste on the market, all claiming to do different things for your teeth with various formulas. Here’s a breakdown of each type of toothpaste, and the benefits of each.
Most dentists recommend toothpaste with fluoride, as it helps to remove plaque and help maintain healthy teeth. Fluoride also is helpful for strengthening tooth enamel and protecting enamel loss, although no toothpaste can rebuild lost enamel. Your enamel gets broken down by bacteria, soda, sugary drinks and acidic food, so in addition to fluoride toothpaste, try to cut back on these types of food and drinks to protect your enamel.
Tartar control formulas are effective for preventing tartar, but they can’t reduce any tartar build-up that already exists on your teeth. Some tartar toothpastes include ingredients that irritate gums, so for those with sensitive gums, this toothpaste is likely not your best option. If you are worried are tartar buildup, a professional cleaning by a dentist is the best way to remove it.
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth, and multiple kinds of toothpaste cater to these needs of blocking out sensitivity. The toothpaste has an ingredient in it that helps to block parts of your mouth that connect your teeth to underlying nerves to reduce mild or moderate sensitivity. However, if you tooth sensitive is strictly from gum disease or a cavity, this toothpaste won’t help with that pain.
While teeth whitening toothpastes have grown in popularity, they may not be as powerful as you think. No toothpaste has been proven to change the color of teeth completely, so it will only be helpful for remove surface stains. A teeth whitening procedure done by your dentist will have much longer and more permanent results.
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