Choosing the Right Toothpaste: What’s the Big Deal?

Blue toothbrush and pasteWe purchase quality polish for our cars, try expensive shampoos, solutions and styling products for our hair, and invest in a variety of fancy rejuvenating creams and lotions for our skin. But how much time do we spend thinking about the toothpaste we use every day (and hopefully twice a day!) on our teeth?

Chances are you may still be using the same brand you used as a teen or even as a child. And, chances are, that’s o.k. provided that your brand contains the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval.

If you’re thinking of switching brands, here’s some basic Toothpaste 101 to consider:

How much do you need? A pea-sized portion will do.

Teeth whitening? Helps remove stains, not really “whiten” – and may irritate sensitive teeth and gums.

Fluoride? Absolutely! Especially if you don’t have community fluoridation.

Baking soda toothpaste? If you like the feeling, go for it.

Desensitizing toothpaste? Yes, if you’re experiencing problems. The toothpaste may help block pain signals to your nerves.

Tartar-control? Helpful to prevent buildup, but only your bi-annual professional dental cleaning will remove existing tartar and bacteria.

Still not sure what brand to choose after reading labels and comparing toothpastes? Talk to your Williamsburg Dental dentist for suggestions —and make sure you spot that “ADA” approval when you try a new brand.