4 Tips for Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Toothpaste…it’s something you’ve been using since you were young. When you’re running low on it, you probably just pick up a tube of it at the drug store without even thinking about it. After all, they’re all the same – aren’t they?

The answer to that is no. They’re definitely not all the same. Toothpastes contain different ingredients and have different purposes depending on your needs. Now you may be thinking, “Well, how do I know which toothpaste I need?” Use these four tips to help you choose the right toothpaste to keep your teeth healthy.

1. Check with your dentist about any specific dental problems you have.

Do you have specific problems that your dentist is concerned about? Is she concerned about your teeth’s whiteness? Are your teeth sensitive? Do you have the early signs of gum disease? Do you need fluoride?

Once you have spoken with your dentist, you can choose a toothpaste that fits your specific oral health needs. There are toothpastes designed to help whiten teeth. There are toothpastes that aid with sensitive teeth. Certain toothpastes can even help with gingivitis and gum disease. Pick the one that fits your oral health needs.

 2. Read the label carefully.

Be sure to read the label carefully when you are shopping for toothpaste. Certain toothpastes are advised to be used by adults, while others are designed for children. You’ll see some that contain fluoride, while others don’t. Some are designed to be used for short periods of time and then use should be discontinued. Make sure the toothpaste you choose is the best to take care of you and your needs and contains the ingredients you desire.

3. Know that not every toothpaste is right for every person.

Children under the age of two are advised to use a non-fluoride toothpaste as they have not learned to spit out toothpaste and have a tendency to swallow it, which can lead to an excess of fluoride in their teeth. Certain toothpastes may not leave your mouth feeling fresh, or you may find that your teeth feel gritty after brushing. One toothpaste will not fit all – and it may not even fit every member of your family. Buy toothpaste for each individual person in your household.

4. Look for toothpastes sweetened with xylitol.

You do not need a toothpaste that is sweetened with sugar in order for it to taste good. Look for toothpaste that contains xylitol, a natural sweetener that has actually been proven to be good for your dental health.

Xylitol does not break down like sugar and helps to keep your mouth at a neutral pH. Additionally, it helps to keep bacteria from sticking to your teeth, reducing your chance for cavities.

The next time you need toothpaste, take some time to think about your individual needs. Use these four tips to choose the toothpaste that can help your mouth the most.