Toothpaste

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The question I get from patients most often is- What toothpaste should I use? A trip to the oral care aisle in any store is truly mind-boggling. There are toothpastes to whiten, protect, some contain baking soda and peroxide.
Others are for sensitivity. For the kids, you can choose fruit or bubblegum flavor all packaged in a kid themed tube. So what should you use? Most importantly, make sure it has fluoride. Children over the age of three can safely use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. After that, it is a matter of preference. The sensitive teeth brands do help if you are prone to some hot or cold sensitivity that is not caused by decay. If you like the baking soda formulas, those are fine to use. Try a whitening formula if you would like, but do not expect to see a big difference in your tooth color.
An ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is present in some toothpaste formulas. There are some people that are sensitive to SLS that leads to canker sores in and around their mouth. If you are prone to them, check the ingredients on the label and consider trying a paste without this to see if it helps.
My advice is to use what works for you as long as it has fluoride and you brush with a soft toothbrush.

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