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Choosing The Right Toothpaste For You

Many Options Make Choosing A Toothpaste More Difficult

When you shop for toothpaste, you will encounter a wide range of choices that can be confusing and even intimidating. Do you want whitening, breath-freshening, gum care or tooth strengthening? What flavor do you prefer? Do you want paste or gel? Each of these products provides certain features that may or may not be right for you. Some of these toothpaste choices may not provide the stain removal you need. Others may be too harsh and cause irritation to delicate mouth tissues. You can move from product to product without satisfaction, or you can narrow your choices and save time and money on this important part of your daily dental care.

Sensitive Teeth

Some individuals may have teeth that are very sensitive to cold and to heat. Some toothpastes are formulated with ingredients that numb or block the tubules in the dentin so nerve endings in teeth are not affected by exterior temperature extremes. Using these products over a period of time can help to block pain sensations when drinking hot or cold beverages or foods.

Additional Whitening

Coffee, tea, blueberries, red wine and food colorings can all leave stains on the teeth that daily brushing with a regular toothpaste can’t remove. Whitening toothpastes contain additional ingredients that act as bleach to remove these stains. However, many of these teeth-bleaching agents are harsh and can leave mouth tissues tender and painful. You may have to try a number of products before finding one that does not have this irritating effect.

Gum Care

Other toothpaste products contain baking soda or other compounds that are soothing to gums and other mouth tissues. These toothpastes may be a good choice for young children or older people who have mouth sensitivity.

Talk To Your Dentist About Your Toothpaste Needs

You may have to try a number of toothpastes before finding the one that provides the features you feel you need. Your dentist can provide information on your own unique requirements. The dentist may suggest a product that provides additional tartar removal qualities or one that is gentle on sensitive gums. This information can help you to narrow down your choices and get the right product to help you get the right results. If you're looking for a gentle dentist, contact the team at Southfield Family Dental today, we provide dental crowns, teeth whitening and much more to keep your smile shining brightly. 

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