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Posted on 11/10/2019 by Dr. Michael Allard
|For healthy gums and teeth, it is crucial to have a strict oral hygiene routine.
Brushing twice a day, flossing once, and perhaps rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash a few times a week has been proven to be beneficial to oral health.
The hardest part may be picking out the best toothpaste though. One can get confused by looking at all the neat packaging on brightly colored boxes in the health and beauty aisle of the local grocery store. One box claiming this and one brand claiming that. It can leave you asking what recommendations are there for picking out the perfect toothpaste?
Key ComponentsThe first and most important issue is looking at the fluoride content. Fluoride is a natural mineral that fights tooth decay and many experts say it is the fluoride in our drinking water and toothpaste that has reduced the number of cavities in the past 50 years. The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes fluoride as the crucial ingredient in toothpaste to protect teeth. Many studies have confirmed this fact. Therefore, it is always best to look for the ADA's stamp of approval whenever seeking out a toothpaste.
Another key item to watch out for are any ingredients that you may be sensitive to. Such as saccharin, calcium carbonate, glycerol, or sodium lauryl sulfate. If you know you are sensitive to these ingredients it is best to avoid pastes that have them. It is also helpful to search for kinds of toothpaste that may help specific dental needs. Those needs could be a whitening or a sensitive tooth style paste.
Once you have found a toothpaste that fits your criteria, it all comes down to personal preference in flavor, brand, etc. Regardless of pretty packaging, you should always pick out a toothpaste that agrees with what you are looking for in dental health. If you are full of questions and would like to speak to a professional about it do not hesitate to call our office and schedule a consultation. We would be happy to discuss how to pick the perfect toothpaste.