Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Your Needs

The varieties of toothpastes continue to grow at a more than rapid pace. Visit any convenience store or drugstore and you may be amazed at the huge number of options available. Whether you want paste or gel, to help with cavity-prevention, gum health, or bad breath, you will be able to find something. Toothpastes are no longer targeted at one set of consumers, so what should you look for in a toothpaste?

When you’re shopping for toothpaste, you’ll find manufacturers will make various claims regarding cavity protection, gingivitis, plaque, sensitivity, tartar, whitening and breath-freshening.  Keep in mind that for the best protection, purchase a toothpaste with at least 1,000 parts per million fluoride. Also make sure the product has the American Dental Association stamp of approval on the package.

For sensitive teeth, consumers have a couple of choices. There are a few over-the-counter (OTC) sensitive toothpastes that are not overly expensive. If necessary, you could pay more for a sensitive toothpaste prescription from your dentist. However, most OTC sensitive toothpastes are proven to work very well.

For any toothpaste, including toothpaste for sensitivity, you reap the most benefits by not rinsing immediately after brushing.  This is because it allows the ingredients to be fully absorbed into your teeth and gums.  With any toothpaste, rinsing afterwards minimizes benefits because you are washing away the fluoride that helps re-mineralize teeth and help diminish sensitivity.

A lot of brands on the shelves claim they can restore enamel. The truth is that it is possible, but it depends greatly on the condition of your teeth. As long as the toothpaste is fluoridated, it will help restore tooth enamel that has not yet decayed. However, once decay has set in, toothpaste will probably not be of much help.

No matter what variety of toothpaste you choose, remember that using a good toothpaste is an essential part of your daily dental care routine. Be sure they contain fluoride so that they will effectively remove plaque, the bacteria film that forms on your gums and teeth after you eat. In the Glenview area, please call the office of Dr. Malik at (847) 724-1771 for any questions regarding the best toothpaste to select to meet your specific dental needs. The dentist and his professional staff will be glad to help!