Dental Tips

Your Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Jul 18 • 5 minute read

With an aging population and a larger emphasis on oral health, the dental industry has seen significant growth in the last five years. From an increase in dental offices to a spike in the purchasing of oral hygiene products; Canadians are spending more time and money improving their oral health.

The connection between oral health and other diseases in the body is becoming well documented and accepted within the health care community. Poor oral hygiene can increase your chances of stroke, heart and respiratory diseases.

With more people taking responsibility for their oral hygiene, there’s increased confusion on which products are best. The most obvious place to start in improving your at-home oral hygiene practice is by choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste. 

While most toothpastes are designed to clean your teeth, some may contain ingredients that could potentially harm your oral health. Like most dental health products, it is imperative to undertake the proper research before choosing the toothpaste that is best for you.

From teeth whitening to cavity fighting, we’ve got you covered in choosing the best toothpaste for your oral health needs.

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

Firstly, it is crucial to take into consideration what your teeth need most after consulting a dental professional. Finding time to visit the dentist can be overwhelming, that’s why at Trillium Dental Centre we offer same day and weekend appointments. As well, with over 65 years of combined experience, our dentist will know the most effective way to deal with your oral health concerns.

Once you’ve visited a dental professional it is important to note that every person’s body chemistry is different. More popular brand may not make your mouth feel as fresh and clean as you would like, or you may be sensitive to certain ingredients. Take your time and do your research prior to selecting a toothpaste. 

What to Avoid When Selecting a Toothpaste    

While it is important to consider what your teeth need most when selecting a toothpaste, it is just as important to know what to avoid. For example, if you have sensitive teeth it may be recommended to avoid buying whitening toothpaste. These toothpastes contain powerful ingredients that could irritate or worsen teeth sensitivity symptoms.

Similarly, it is recommended to avoid toothpastes with high levels of sugars. It may be hard to believe, but some oral hygiene products use sweeteners that can contribute to tooth decay among other health problems. 

There are many toothpastes in market that contain abrasives. Although these abrasives provide cleaning power that not only clean your teeth, but help prevent gum disease by removing debris, stains and plaque – they can attack enamel.

Finally, it is advised to avoid teeth cleaning products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This chemical is used to help thicken and foam your toothpaste. Although some may find this beneficial, SLS is known for irritating your mouth and causing canker sores.

Finding the Right Toothpaste to Meet Your Needs

Teeth Whitening

Although whitening toothpaste can never replace the professional whitening of a dentist, it can help maintain a radiant smile and prevent surface stains. Be aware that many whitening toothpastes are very abrasive and are recommended for infrequent use – unless they have a low relative define ablativity.

The yellowing of teeth can be combated by good oral hygiene and regular dental cleaning. Good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth twice daily, losing, refraining from smoking and eating a balanced diet.

Sensitive Teeth

If you struggle with sensitive teeth, you may be interested in a toothpaste that is designed to ease sensitivity ranging from mild to severe pain.

Not sure if a desensitizing toothpaste is right for you? Well, if certain foods like ice cream or hot beverages like tea cause tooth discomfort, a desensitizing toothpaste is the right choice for you!

If you are experiencing severe dental pain, it is important to speak with a dental profession as the cause may lay deeper than simply tooth sensitivity. 

Tartar Control

A tartar control toothpaste is recommended for those who experience a significant amount of plaque buildup. It is important to note that tartar fighting toothpaste does not remove already formed plaque on your teeth. Book an appointment with a dentist or hygienist to combat this buildup with a professional dental cleaning.

Removing and preventing the development of tartar is essential to oral health, as it can cause gum disease.

Fluoride Products

Often referred to as ‘nature’s cavity fighter,’ fluoride occurs naturally in bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. It is also naturally present in many food and beverages such as eggs and milk. Ingested topically to erupted teeth, or ingested orally during tooth development, fluoride is said to help prevent tooth decay, strengthen enamel and even reduce the harmful effects of plaque.

Fluoride benefits both children and adults by preventing or in some cases, reversing tooth decay. Selecting a toothpaste that is fortified with fluoride is quite useful for those who are prone to cavities or dry mouth.

Gum Health

Sourcing a toothpaste with tartar fighting properties is important to maintain good gum health. For patients who suffer from gingivitis or periodontitis, toothpastes containing antibacterial properties like chlorhexidine digluconate and cetylpyridinium chloride may be recommend for short- or long-term use by a dental professional. 

It is important to understand what the common causes of gum disease are and how to properly prevent significant oral health issues.

If you are showcasing the early signs of gum disease including receding gums, gums that bleed during brushing or red, swollen gums it is important to speak to your dentist today. 

Organic Products

If you are looking to avoid chemicals, an organic toothpaste is recommended for you. Organic toothpastes include more natural ingredients that are considered healthier for your mouth.

When using an organic toothpaste be mindful that typically these products do not contain fluoride and can be inconsistent in its effectiveness.

If you are finding it hard to choose a toothpaste that properly meets your needs, schedule an appointment with Trillium Dental Centre today

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