Health and well-being are key components of a quality life. Proactive measures for personal health often include proper sleep, diet, and exercise. Another crucial aspect of overall health is oral care. Dentists recommend brushing and flossing daily in order to maintain a healthy mouth. Many varieties of toothpaste offer numerous benefits, but consumers often aim to purchase the best toothpaste for their unique needs. Below is a discussion of how to determine which toothpaste is right for you.

Fluoride

Most dentists agree that fluoride is an essential ingredient in toothpaste. Dentists recommend using fluoride in higher concentrations than can be found in tap water; they recommend at least 1,000 parts per million, which can be found in toothpaste. In addition to helping strengthen tooth enamel, fluoride prevents enamel erosion. After a meal, some food particles remain in the mouth. The bacteria which are attracted to the food secrete an acid which is harmful to teeth. Fluoride toothpaste neutralizes this acid, preventing tooth decay. 

CDA Approval

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) dedicates research and resources to ensuring products and services are safe and effective. One such measure is approving a variety of toothpaste formulations. A toothpaste variety may or may not be effective if it doesn’t bear the CDA seal of approval, but those which display CDA approval have been shown to be safe and effective. Buyers can be confident in the effectiveness of CDA-approved toothpastes.

Individual Needs

Various toothpastes offer different benefits to satisfy an array of consumer needs. Some buyers have sensitive teeth and require a toothpaste such as Sensodyne to prevent and minimize tooth pain. Others prefer whitening toothpaste, which can increase sensitivity and should be avoided by people with existing tooth sensitivity. Other available features include all-natural varieties and various flavors. Some varieties have powerful breath-freshening agents. Each of these benefits is offered so that consumers may choose the toothpaste variety that best suits their individual needs and preferences.

Dentists recommend tooth brushing as part of a daily hygiene routine. An important component of maintaining oral health is to select the appropriate toothpaste. Any CDA-approved, fluoride toothpaste will help protect against cavities and gum disease. Individual preferences may include whitening, sensitivity protection, or breath freshening. In determining which features you prefer and/or require, you may choose the toothpaste to help your teeth at their best.

If you aren’t sure which toothpaste is right for you, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist. They can help advise you on which toothpaste is right for your teeth. Schedule an appointment with Asante Dental today to maintain your beautiful smile.