Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Choosing Toothpaste

Brushing your teeth is part of an oral hygiene routine that keeps your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. With such an important job, it is important that the right toothpaste is used. There are many different types of toothpaste to use, which is why we want our patients to know what to look for in the right toothpaste.

Toothpaste can come in different varieties, and choosing one depends on what you would like it do to. However, the most important quality is fluoride. Fluoride is the anti-cavity property that protects teeth from decay. It has been around for many years and has greatly reduced the amount of cavities Americans have.

When looking for toothpaste that also whitens your teeth, look for toothpaste that is also approved by the American Dental Association. Many whitening toothpastes work by including abrasives to polish away surface stains. While these abrasives are good for removing stains and plaque, too much of it can harm teeth. Choosing toothpaste with the ADA seal will ensure safe levels of abrasives.

For sensitive teeth, toothpastes with potassium nitrate or strontium chloride are great for blocking nerve pathways. Theses toothpastes need to be used for at least a month to see the best results.

Choosing toothpaste recommended by the ADA is deemed safe and effective; so you can feel secure choosing one of those. However, as with any health product, be on the lookout for any recalls or bad news.

For more info on oral care or to schedule an appointment, contact us by calling (703) 532-7858 or visiting our website,

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