Selecting the best toothpaste for your family

We are often asked what brand or type of toothpaste we recommend to patients. With all the selections and features out there it’s easier to choose a new car than a tube of toothpaste.

So here is a bit of info on your options when it comes to picking your next toothpaste.

Why use toothpaste?

Well, first of all its minty freshness or tasty flavor provides an incentive to brushing your teeth – which is the most important. The truth is that most of the hard work is done by the toothbrush, not the toothpaste. The mechanical action of the brush removes plaque, food, and bacteria from the teeth. The toothpaste assists the toothbrush by acting as an abrasive – making it easier for the brush to do its job.

Toothpaste helps fight bad breath. But again, it’s the removal of plaque, food, and bacteria by the toothbrush that fights bad breath over time, the freshness of the toothpaste’s flavor is a temporary fix.

Look for a brand with added fluoride

Most, if not all brands of toothpaste contain fluoride. Fluoride is used to fight cavities and strengthen teeth. We recommend you use toothpaste with fluoride, and supervise your children when they brush so that they do not swallow large amounts.

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth

If you have sensitive teeth look for a brand of toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate helps reduce the sensitivity of teeth, and can be found in a number of different brands of toothpaste – the most common being Sensodyne.

Choose one you like

As mentioned earlier, the most important part of oral hygiene is making sure that you brush your teeth. Choosing a brand of toothpaste that tastes and feels good makes it more likely that you will continue regular brushing. So try a few until you find the one that works best for you and your family.

Look for the Canadian Dental Association seal

The Canadian Dental Association recognizes certain products that they have identified as being beneficial to the oral health of consumers. Look for this seal when you are selecting toothpaste, gum, toothbrushes, or mouthwash. A full list of products with the seal can be found on the CDA website.

Of course, if you have any questions about yours or your family’s oral health, ask your hygienist during your next visit.

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