Choosing the Right Toothpaste for Your Family

ToothbrushToothpaste shopping may not sound like a big deal. After all, toothpaste is easy to find in virtually every store and it seems like a no-brainer to choose a product based on price and a tasty flavor. But, your choice of toothpaste can have a bigger effect on your family than you may realize.

Dr. Anna Goldston recommends that you select dental hygiene products based on your family members’ unique needs.

Sensitivity Toothpastes

Sensitivity can be a big problem for folks with:

  • Gum recession
  • Lots of dental work
  • Worn enamel
  • Gum disease

An anti-sensitivity toothpaste has fluoride and potassium nitrate. These reinforce tooth enamel and block up open enamel pores that cause sensitivity. Using a sensitivity toothpaste as a conditioner after regular brushing can bring significant relief.

Fluoride Protection And Safety For Kids

Fluoride strengthens kids’ teeth and helps them avoid cavities even if they aren’t great brushers and flossers. But very young children shouldn’t use adult toothpastes that contain fluoride because they may swallow it too often, which can lead to tummy upsets.

Shop for fluoride-free “training” toothpastes if your little one hasn’t yet learned how to spit everything out.

Preventing Gingivitis

Products like Colgate Total® contain an ingredient called triclosan. This ingredient prevents the buildup of plaque, reducing bacteria and tartar buildup. If someone in your family is struggling with gum inflammation, then a toothpaste that has anti-gingivitis properties is a good choice.

Are Natural Toothpastes Right For You?

A lot of patients turn to toothpastes with natural ingredient. There’s usually nothing wrong with this, if that’s your preference. Just keep in mind that most “natural” toothpastes, while cleaning your teeth, don’t contain the disease-preventing elements other products have. Most are also completely free of fluoride.

Talk with our dental experts at Greenville Family Smiles to see how you can keep your teeth strong while using a natural toothpaste.

Get more suggestions for an effective toothpaste by scheduling a visit with Dr. Goldston. Greenville Family Smiles welcomes the entire family for routine dental checkups and cleanings. Plan your visits today to get started on the track to a healthy smile for life.