One of the most difficult and confusing aspects of daily dental hygiene can be choosing the right toothpaste. While there are countless variations of toothbrushes and flossing products, the differences between them are mostly superficial because all manual brushes and flossing products essentially function the same way. Toothpaste, however, is very different – there are a number of varieties of toothpaste available to patients of all ages, from toddlers and children to adults, and with vastly different needs. Choosing the right toothpaste for you and your family is one of the most important components of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and radiant between regular professional cleanings.

Fluoride

Chances are, the toothpaste you regularly use to brush is fluoridated, but do you know exactly what fluoride is and why it is the essential ingredient found in most varieties of toothpaste? Fluoride is a mineral that naturally combats tooth decay by forming a hard material called fluorapatite within vulnerable areas of the tooth enamel. When administered correctly, fluoride toothpaste is an excellent tool, but it is important to ensure that infants, toddlers and children below the age of 6 are using toothpaste with a lower concentration of fluoride specifically designed for their particular age group.

Whitening Toothpaste

Many people are interested in brightening their teeth, and it is no surprise that the companies that manufacture toothpaste have created a wide variety of products marketed as “whitening” teeth. However, whitening toothpaste sold to consumers is often ineffective, or worse, can be damaging your tooth enamel. If you are interested in quickly and effectively whitening or brightening your teeth, instead consider a professional whitening treatment, which can be more convenient and affordable than you think.

Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth, which can make regularly flossing and brushing an uncomfortable or even painful experience, a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth may be just what you need to make your daily dental hygiene routine easier and more enjoyable. These toothpastes work by either numbing the tooth with potassium nitrate or by blocking the tubules in the dentin, which is the portion of your tooth below your enamel and gum line. These specialty toothpastes may not be wholly effective at first, but over time they can help patients build a gradually stronger resistance to tooth sensitivity.