| 03/20/14

Toothpaste tube

With so many toothpastes available at the supermarket, it can seem completely overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which type is the best for you to purchase. Let’s go over some of the most popular types available, and what is the best toothpaste for you as a consumer:

Sensitivity Toothpaste

Are your teeth sensitive from gum recession (exposed roots),  breathing through your mouth, using whitening products, or eating cold foods? Sensitivity toothpaste works by blocking the pores of the tooth and reducing the nerve stimulation that causes sensitivity. It can take using this type of toothpaste every day for 2 weeks before full results are achieved, and continual use is needed to manage sensitivity.

Whitening Toothpaste

Drinking coffee and tea every day can cause more stains to be accumulated in the porous surfaces of the teeth. Whitening toothpaste helps to gently lift these stains away, keeping teeth whiter, longer. Unfortunately, whitening toothpastes aren’t a very adequate means of getting as drastic results as you would with whitening treatments. Whitening toothpastes have also been known to cause some tooth sensitivity.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

Some people’s body causes them to metabolize larger amounts of tartar than others, even if they brush effectively. Tartar control toothpaste does not get rid of tartar, but it does limit the amount that  may build up on the surfaces of the teeth. This lessens the amount of tartar, which in turn decreases the risks of developing gum disease, bone loss, bad breath, and gum recession.

Ultimately, if you’re not battling any specific dental concerns, then using a general-purpose fluoridated toothpaste is all you need. In the end, it’s how well your brushing and flossing methods are that are going to make the biggest difference. If you’ve tried specialty toothpastes and still continue to have problems, then we invite you to visit us at Herrick Dental in Columbus, Ohio for a professional cleaning and consultation to help you manage your oral health needs.

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