Does My Type of Toothpaste Matter?

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One of the most pervasive questions in the dental industry surrounds different types of toothpaste and if these variants make a difference in terms of oral hygiene. This is an important area to address, for certain ingredients can actually harm the teeth and their protective enamel. Dr. Luis Gomez at Complete Dental Health in Coral Springs, Florida understands that this can be a tricky topic for some patients. So, let us take a quick look at a few aspects to consider when choosing a certain brand of toothpaste.

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Fluoride

Most of us are already well aware of the enamel-boosting properties associated with fluoride. Most major brands (and even generic variants) will supply adequate amounts. This is actually one of the most important ingredients that should always be contained within. Anti-cavity toothpaste will offer higher levels of this chemical. Still, dentists will be able to prescribe more potent concentrations if deemed necessary.

Whitening Agents

Many people opt for a toothpaste which contains whitening agents. While this is an attractive quality, excessively high amounts can actually wear down the enamel and lead to increased sensitivity. In this instance, toothpaste which contains potassium nitrate can help to calm sensitive nerves. This should be determined beforehand by those who may be susceptible to this condition.

The ADA Seal

All quality toothpastes will display the seal of the American Dental Association (ADA). This is a critical factor to keep in mind, for this shows that exhaustive tests have concluded that the brand in question is safe for your teeth. Any tube without such approval should not be chosen.

Money Versus Effectiveness

The final consideration is paying a bit more for a brand name as opposed to saving through a generic product. It is best to simply observe the ingredients on the back panel and see how they compare. In many cases, the concentrations will be nearly identical. Still, recall that any type should be approved by the American Dental Association.

Do you still have questions in regards to the correct type of toothpaste to use? Are you wondering if a specific brand may suit your teeth better than another? If so, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Luis Gomez and the team at Complete Dental Health at 954-228-2963. We are quite happy to provide you with answers to these and any other dental questions you may have.