The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide – Finding the Holy Grail of Toothcare

What kind of toothpaste do you use in your home? What brands are you and your family loyal to when you go to your local drugstore or pharmacy and make your essential purchases? Toothpaste in itself seems a simple enough matter—everyone needs toothpaste to give their teeth the cleaning that they need, twice a day. If you have ever visited the dental hygiene care aisle of a drug store or pharmacy, however, you have probably found an entire wall filled with choices. Here is a handy guide to different types of toothpastes available virtually everywhere, what types there are, what functions they may have, which are appropriate for certain medical conditions, and so on. As it turns out, there’s a lot more to this choice than spearmint or peppermint flavor! Our Arlington dentists, Irving dentists, Fort Worth dentists, and Dallas dentists can help you choose the appropriate toothpaste for you and your dental needs.

Toothpaste for the prevention of tooth decay

You will find that this is the most common type of toothpaste—it is something we all need, after all, to prevent our teeth from decaying. This type of toothpaste will usually be made with some sort of fluoride, in varying levels, but as long as the fluoride is present in one thousand parts per million or greater, your tooth decay prevention needs are covered. Children’s toothpastes are almost always from this variety—but the fluoride levels are much lower.

Toothpaste for smokers

Dreamworks Dental & Orthodontics in Arlington, Irving, Dallas, and Fort Worth in no way endorse the use of tobacco products, but there are toothpaste products available for those that do. Nicotine notoriously stains teeth and causes other problems inside the mouth, affecting enamel and gums. This type of toothpaste uses heavier detergents and abrasive materials in order to remove tar from the teeth. These products usually claim to help freshen the mouth and breath and to have long-lasting effects, even if you continue to smoke throughout the day, although we cannot attest to the veracity of those claims.

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums

A common problem faced by many Americans is sensitivity in the teeth and gums, which is usually caused by receding gum lines. This usually causes for some root exposure, which typically is what causes the pain. These toothpastes are specially formulated and carefully mixed in order to provide relief for people suffering from tooth or gum sensitivity. There are different toothpastes that cover different specific treatments, so you may need to try a few to find the one that works perfectly for your teeth and gums. You may need or want to consult with your dentist or hygienist about possible options and recommendations before you make any purchases.

Whitening toothpaste

This category refers to a wide selection of toothpastes that have different methods of delivery as well as different functions in how they work. These sorts of toothpastes are based primarily upon aesthetics, a good, bright white smile. There are some, for instance, that use fluoride and enzyme systems to whiten teeth. Others use hydrogen or carbamide peroxides, but these products are not typically available without purchase from a dentist. Introducing new and harsh detergents to your mouth should never be taken lightly and should always come with the advisement of your dentist.

Natural toothpaste

This can be a slippery slope sort of toothpaste category, because lots of the ‘natural’ toothpastes available today have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is especially important to consult your dentist or hygienist before starting the use of any natural toothpaste, even if it is Food and Drug Administration approved. Some of these toothpastes use ginger, some use essential oils, seaweed extracts, as well as a plethora of other natural ingredients. Usually the word natural means that it is a good product to use for your body, but this is not one of those cases. These toothpastes can run the risk of damaging your enamel or gums, drying out your mouth, and also not protecting you from tooth decay at all. If you wish to use a natural toothpaste, make sure that it contains the proper amount of fluoride and, again, consult your dentist, first.

The bottom line

When you choose a toothpaste, you should do a bit of research rather than just grabbing the first thing that looks nice off the shelf. You may indeed have problems such as dry mouth of sensitive teeth, necessitating the purchase of specialized toothpaste. If you suspect this is the case, schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentists today.