Toothpaste is your first line of defense against tartar and plaque buildups. Among other things, it’s responsible for neutralizing bacteria and helping you brush away stubborn food debris. But with so many different brands and types of toothpaste on the market, how do you know which variety to choose?
The next time you’re shopping for toothpaste, keep the following in mind:
Toothpaste containing fluoride is more effective at cleaning teeth and preventing dental caries than non-fluoride toothpaste. Also referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride helps clean away bacteria film (plaque) on the teeth and gums, which subsequently reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Fluoride is also known to strengthen tooth enamel and remineralize areas of decay, which is just one more reason you should use a toothpaste containing this beneficial mineral.
ADA Seal of Approval
It’s recommended that you choose a toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. The ADA has strict standards regarding which products are allowed to carry this seal. In order to display the seal, the manufacturer must submit its product for analysis. The ADA will then check to see what ingredients are used, the ratio of those ingredients, where they come from, the safety of those ingredients, and the product’s overall effectiveness at cleaning teeth. Current estimates suggest that only 60% of toothpastes on the market carry the ADA seal.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from sensitive teeth, you may want to choose a toothpaste designed to combat sensitivity. These toothpastes have special desensitizing agents which allow individuals to consume hot and cold beverages/foods without experiencing characteristic sharp pains and sensitivity. Granted, they usually cost more than standard toothpaste, but it’s small price to pay for more comfort.
What About Microbeads?
Microbeads are commonly found in certain variates of toothpaste to give it a more abrasive consistency. However, there’s some belief that these beads may contribute to gum wear. However, the ADA recently issued a statement regarding the use of microbeads in toothpaste, saying there’s no evidence at this time to indicate they are harmful.
If you have any questions about toothpaste, good brushing habits, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists in Little Rock, contact Little Rock Family Dental Care today!