What to look for when shopping for toothpaste

There are literally hundreds of different brands available. Some people have a favourite brand that they have been using for as long as they can remember, while others just pick up whatever’s on sale. Read on to learn about the difference between various kinds of toothpaste.

Difference between regular vs children’s toothpaste

Children’s toothpaste usually has a lower amount of fluoride, in case children should use too much or swallow some of it. Kid’s toothpaste also usually come in milder, fruity flavors such as berry, bubblegum or grape. If you don’t why to buy two separate toothpaste’s for your family, children can safely use regular toothpastes as long as they don’t mind the flavour. Just make sure that they don’t use more than a pea size amount and rinse their mouth when they are done so that they don’t ingest it.

How toothpaste can help fight cavities

Pretty much all toothpaste will serve to fight cavities if used correctly. Cavities are caused by plaque and tartar buildup; so if the teeth are cleaned regularly and properly, they will automatically be less susceptible to decay regardless of which brand of toothpaste you use. Most toothpaste’s on the market contain fluoride to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brands marketed as being natural or fluoride­ free most often contain xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar alcohol which may help to prevent cavities.

Whitening, sensitivity­ fighting and other extra features

Some toothpastes will claim to have a whitening effect on teeth, usually after a few weeks of use. These products usually contain a mild abrasive to buff away surface stains . They will not have the same effect as a professional whitening at your dentist’s office.

Toothpastes that are marketed to provide relief for sensitive teeth usually contain active ingredients that help to block nerves that respond to hot and cold when the enamel is thin or worn away. There are other toothpastes specifically designed for consumers who suffer from dry mouth or are extra prone to cavities. Some of these toothpastes are available by prescription only. It can be helpful to talk to your dentist about your concerns regarding your oral health so he or she can give you suggestions about which products may be of most benefit to you.

Whatever attributes you’re looking for in a toothpaste, be sure to look for a seal of approval from the The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) or the American Dental Association (ADA). This seal identifies products that have been proven to be beneficial to the oral health of customers.

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