Javan Houser DDSI often get this question from many of my patients. It seems that they are always surprised when I say with a chuckle, “Whatever is on sale!” Huh? While this is not exactly always the case, choosing a toothpaste can be very confusing.
There are many types of toothpaste on the market for you to choose from based on your oral health and what’s important to you. Some of the most common types of toothpaste that you will see at your local store include:
Whitening Toothpaste: Our teeth may naturally discolor over time and can become discolored faster based on the things we put in our mouths such as coffee, tea, red wine, and cigarettes which will discolor the top layers of our teeth. Whitening toothpastes use harsh abrasives to “scrub out” the stains from the top layers of our tooth enamel. Although enamel remains the hardest substance in the human body, it can break down from excessive use of these harsh abrasives.
Sensitivity Toothpaste: If you find that hot and cold food and drink can be painful to your teeth, a toothpaste may be able to help. Toothpaste that is targeted for sensitive teeth uses different chemicals to either numb the tooth or by blocking the tubules in the dentine. It is always good to check with your dentist to make sure tooth sensitivity is not being caused by infection, decay, or tooth grinding before starting with this kind of toothpaste.
Fluoridated Toothpaste: This is probably the most common kind of toothpaste found in most stores today. Fluoride is essential in preventing tooth decay at any age. Fluoride in the toothpaste is very safe for anyone over about the age of 4 or 5. It is important that children are able to rinse and spit out the extra and not swallow it.
Which do I use? I would recommend any of the above so long as it carries the seal of the ADA (American Dental Association). Be sure to ask any doctor or staff member at Castle Valley Dental if you have any questions regarding toothpaste and your oral health. We want you and your family to be as healthy as possible. With all that I generally prefer to use Crest regular toothpaste, mostly because I like the taste, it also happens to often be on sale!