Choosing Toothpaste

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The time has come to buy more toothpaste. You may be intimidated by this chore. With so many types of toothpaste available, how do you know which is the right choice? Generally speaking, choose a toothpaste with the ADA seal. Beyond that, choose the type of toothpaste that meets your specific needs or those of your family. Below are some common choices:

Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens the tooth enamel, thus helping protect the teeth from decay. Dentists recommend fluoride toothpaste for both adults and children. Toothpaste that contains fluoride is especially helpful for those with dry mouth or who are prone to cavities.

Children’s Toothpaste
Children’s toothpaste comes in a variety of fun colors and flavors that can get children excited about dental hygiene. Choose a child’s toothpaste that is safe to swallow if your child is under age two. These toothpastes do not have fluoride, artificial colors, or preservatives.

Tartar Control Toothpaste
Plaque that is not removed from the teeth hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. If excess tartar forms on the teeth, gum disease can be the result. Preventing tartar should be high on your list of dental priorities. If you need help in this endeavor, consider tartar control toothpaste.

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
Does eating or drinking hot or cold foods or drinks hurt your teeth? In many cases, sensitive teeth don’t have an obvious cause. However, tooth sensitivity often occurs because of weakened tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root. Dr. Valerie Foster may recommend toothpaste for sensitive teeth in cases like this.

Whitening Toothpaste
If you yearn for a whiter, brighter smile, whitening toothpaste might be right for you. Talk to our dentist in Aloha, Oregon, to decide which type of whitening toothpaste is best for you.

Please contact our office at 503-649-7011 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.