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Toothpaste Types: Choosing the Best One for Your Unique Smile

July 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — lapalcodental @ 6:10 pm
Closeup of specialized toothpaste recommended by Marrero dentist

Toothpaste is a staple of our everyday lives. This common dental product goes a long way in keeping our pearly whites bright, clean, and healthy for a lifetime. However, are you using the right one for your unique smile? They may all look similar, but toothpaste comes in many varieties to give people the specific care they need. Read on as your Marrero dentist breaks down seven different types of toothpastes to help you choose the one that’s best for you and your smile.

1.) Fluoridated Toothpaste

The most common kind of toothpaste is the fluoridated variety. This type makes up over 90% of all toothpaste sales, and it’s easy to see why. Fluoride is an incredibly useful mineral for your oral health. It’s been proven to strengthen enamel, protect against acid damage, and rebuild slight areas of decay.

2.) Herbal or Natural Toothpaste

For those who don’t like the idea of cleaning their teeth with chemicals or who are particularly sensitive to certain additives, there’s herbal toothpaste. This type offers a gentler cleaning experience with only natural, biodegradable ingredients. While most contain small amounts of fluoride to protect your teeth, be sure to avoid brands that don’t have any.  

3.) Whitening Toothpaste

While they’re not as effective as a professional whitening treatment, whitening toothpastes contain compounds that can help remove surface stains and discoloration. However, many use chemical abrasives to do so, which makes them a bad choice for those with sensitive teeth or gums.

4.) Toothpaste for Smokers

The most intense kind of whitening toothpaste is toothpaste meant for smokers. These products utilize stronger abrasives to target the dark, stubborn stains that are left behind from tobacco use. However, this also means that brushing too aggressively with this type of toothpaste can damage your enamel, so be sure to gently use an extra soft bristled toothbrush when cleaning with this variety.

5.) Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth are sensitive from an acidic diet, bad habits, or genetics, toothpaste for sensitive teeth is an excellent option. Also known as desensitizing toothpaste, its ingredients block microscopic holes in your teeth to protect the sensitive nerve.

6.) Children’s Toothpaste

Children’s toothpastes aren’t named so simply because they come in a variety of fun flavors. Since children are more likely to swallow their toothpaste and have sensitive baby teeth, this specialized variety also contains less fluoride and fewer abrasives than other types.  

7.) Tartar Control Toothpaste

If allowed to accumulate, plaque hardens into a substance called tartar. This material typically builds up between your teeth and along the gumline, which dramatically increases your risk of gum disease. While tartar can only be removed by a dental professional, tartar control toothpastes have been shown to help prevent tartar from forming in the first place when used in conjunction with flossing and using mouthwash.

No two smiles are the same, so make sure you’re giving yours the personalized care it needs. If you’re still not sure which type of toothpaste is right for you, your Marrero dentist would be happy to point you in the right direction.

About the Practice

At Lapalco Family Dental, we’re committed to helping the smiles of Marrero, LA and the surrounding communities prevent oral health issues before they have a chance to develop. That’s why we encourage our patients to visit our state-of-the-art office at least twice a year for thorough checkups and gentle cleanings. We value patient education, so we’ll be happy to take the time to discuss your oral health with you and how to best care for your smile at home. If you’d like help choosing the right toothpaste for you, we can be contacted via our website or at (504) 348-0080.

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