Choosing the best toothpaste isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Although the aisle in in the supermarket is confusing with all of the different brands, flavors, features and ingredients, the Collierville dental office of Dr. Kathryn Sneed wants to make the process of choosing the right toothpaste a bit easier.
Most products in the toothpaste aisle will help keep your teeth clean and healthy, but there are some key things you should take into consideration when choosing a toothpaste.
First, you need to like the flavor, texture, and the toothpaste overall. Choosing a paste that you enjoy helps encourage you to brush everyday, twice a day – that’s the most important part of having healthy gums and teeth.
Another thing to look for to make sure you’re using the right toothpaste is the all-important ingredient of fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to protect tooth enamel from decay and is crucial to a healthy mouth. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay and cavities by as much as 40%.
In addition to fluoride, toothpastes are also created to individual needs and can include speciality features that can help with sensitivity, tartar control, whitening, and breath-freshening.
Although choosing a good toothpaste is important, good oral hygiene goes beyond the kind of toothpaste you select. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice a day and make regular trips to our Collierville dental office. If you’re overdue for a checkup or professional cleaning, give us a call today to schedule your appointment.