When it comes to shopping for toothpaste, the panoply of variety on the market can make the choice unclear. Do you want help stopping tartar formation, whitening your teeth, protecting sensitive teeth or preventing cavities?
Whichever you choose, it’s essential you have the right toothbrush. Read our article on toothbrushes to help guide you in this decision.
When combined with the right toothbrush, toothpaste facilitates the removal of dental biofilm, soft deposits and surface stains on teeth. It comes in three forms: paste, gel and a combination of the two.
So, which one to choose?
Toothpaste containing fluoride helps prevent caries. The presence of fluoride on teeth encourages remineralization of the enamel crystals when they are in the process of demineralizing (beginning phase of caries). People of all ages can benefit from this type of toothpaste.
Others contain ingredients designed to reduce tartar. Still other toothpastes have the advantage of reducing tooth sensitivity. Any one toothpaste can have several benefits. It’s therefore recommended to consult a dental hygienist to determine which kind would best address your needs.
It’s important to note that some toothpastes are not good for children. Be sure to check whom the product is intended for. Several toothpastes specify 6, 8 or 12 years and up.
The Canadian Dental Association seal
Products bearing this seal have met various requirements, notably by providing scientific data and the results of clinical or lab tests proving that they live up to their promises.
For best results, brushing is recommended at least twice a day. Don’t hesitate to consult a dental hygienist for more information and advice.