How to choose the best toothpaste

How to choose the best toothpaste

This is one of the most common questions I get asked. What is the best toothpaste to use? It all depends on your individual needs. Here are some factors that can help you decide.

  1. American Dental Association (ADA) seal. Any toothpaste you choose, must have this seal. It means that the toothpaste has met the stringent requirements of the American Dental Association and is a safe toothpaste to use.
  2. Fluoride has been proven, in right quantities, an effective way to make teeth more resistant to decay, so make sure your toothpaste has Fluoride. We rely on fluoridated water and fluoridated toothpaste to get our Fluoride supplements. The water in Long Island is non fluoridated so it is even more essential to use a toothpaste that has Fluoride.
  3. Avoid flavors that have sugar (saccharin), this is usually in kids’ toothpaste to help it taste better. Make sure you are not being exposed to more sugar while brushing your teeth especially if you are more prone to decay.
  4. If you have sensitive teeth avoid abrasive materials such as Calcium Carbonate as these can cause abrasion and lead to more sensitivity. Such materials are found in whitening toothpastes. If you have sensitive teeth and are interested in whitening, consult with us before you use these toothpastes. You want to look at the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) level of a toothpaste. RDA levels of 250 or below are less abrasive and safe to use. The ADA approved toothpastes have safe RDA levels.
  5. Look at the chemical list of ingredients so to avoid things that you may be sensitive to. If you are highly sensitive to some chemicals, using those toothpastes can lead to canker sores.
  6. Use toothpaste for your needs. If you have sensitive teeth, you can use desensitizing toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate that acts as a pain inhibiter and can help minimize sensitivity. You can also be prescribed a toothpaste to help diminish tooth sensitivity.
  7. If you are prone to higher plaque buildup, use toothpastes that have pyrophosphates and zinc citrate, that prevent further plaque and tarter buildup. Regular visits to the Dentist can help minimize the buildup and help maintain a healthy mouth and avoid periodontal disease.
  8. For those that chose to use holistic or natural toothpastes, do look at the ingredients and make the best choice for yourself. These products usually are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so weigh in the pros and cons before using them. They may contain baking soda as an abrasive agent to help with whitening

Choosing the right toothpaste depends on your individual needs. We can help guide you. Make sure you are brushing 2 times a day for 2 minutes. Also floss before you brush. Don’t forget to clean your tongue. These simple habits help maintain and promote good oral hygiene. Regular dental visits are needed for the maintenance of your overall oral health and for oral cancer screenings.

We at PDM Family Dental are always available to address any questions or concerns. Do call or book today at 516 388 5002.