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Dentist Columbia Asks: Are you using the right toothpaste? What you don’t know could hurt you!

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If you’re lazy about brushing and flossing, no toothpaste will save your smile. But for those who stick to their dentist Columbia’s advice, the right gel or paste could prevent gum pain, stained teeth, cavities, and other more serious dental issues. Choosing a brand can be tricky because there are so many options out there.

dentist ColumbiaFirst things first: Always look for the ADA seal on your toothpaste’s box. This indicates that the product has been tested, its claims are legitimate, and its ingredients are effective.

 

Read on to determine which toothpaste is right for you.

Yellow Teeth: Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that help polish teeth and prevent the buildup of additional stains, but they won’t have much impact on older discolorations.To get a whiter smile, look for pastes or gels that contain modified silicone abrasives. Your dentist Columbia advises that Rembrandt Deeply White and Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening are two effective options.

Cavities: For cavities, the solution is fluoride, which coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids. While most toothpastes contain fluoride, you can be certain any product that features the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job.

Sensitive Teeth or Gums: If your dentist Columbia has ruled out other problems like cavities or root infections, the issue could be that you’re brushing too roughly. Opt for toothpastes containing a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate, which will help lessen the pain. The ADA approves multiple brands, including several products from Sensodyne.

Tartar Buildup: No matter how much you brush, once the tartar has formed, only your dentist can remove it. Toothpastes containing tartar-fighting elements – such as pyrophosphates or zinc citrate – can prevent the plaque from hardening. Crest Tartar Protection is one ADA-approved option.

Natural Products: All-natural, herbal toothpastes can be just as effective as other pastes. If the toothpaste has the ADA seal, it’s going to be effective. The all-natural toothpaste maker Tom’s of Maine offers ADA-approved whitening and anti-cavity options.

Dentures: Toothpastesfor regular teeth will work just as well for dentures, so any ADA-approved products will do the job. That said, effervescent tablets or solutions have been shown to clean more effectively than brushing. Denture-cleansing products made by Fixodent are effective ADA-approved options.

If you have questions regarding which toothpaste you should be using – or it’s time for your regular examination – call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule an appointment so you can show off your summer smile!