Choosing the right toothpaste
Here are ten tips for choosing the right toothpaste for you:
1. Look at the fluoride content
Fluoride protects tooth enamel and fights cavities. Numerous studies have confirmed that fluoride is safe and effective.
2. Read the label
Not all types of toothpaste are suitable for everyone, for example, some products are unsuitable for younger children.
3. Choose based on specific dental problems
Individuals with dental problems should choose a toothpaste that meets their specific needs.
4. Decide if you want a whitening toothpaste
Many people want a whiter smile, and whitening toothpaste can provide a safe and effective remedy for off-white teeth.
5. Ask for a prescription toothpaste for very sensitive teeth
Some people may not get enough relief from over-the-counter sensitivity toothpastes. A dentist can prescribe a stronger product.
6. Check the RDA level
Toothpaste contains abrasive agents to clean and whiten the teeth. The level of abrasiveness is known as relative dentin abrasivity (RDA) and it varies.
7. Consider tartar control
People who already have tartar on their teeth should consider using a tartar-control toothpaste.
8. Understand natural options
People who are considering using natural toothpaste should check the ingredients carefully and weigh up the pros and cons.
9. Avoid sugary toothpaste
Sugar contributes to tooth decay, so using sugary toothpaste is not advisable.
10. Base your choice on your individual needs and preferences
Important factors to consider include any sensitivities and how well a product meets dental needs.