Everyone knows that brushing, alongside flossing, is one of the cornerstones of a strong oral hygiene regimen - and all in all, it's a pretty simple process. But there's one thing that many of our patients tell us is confusing: choosing the right toothpaste! Between all the different brands and types, there are literally hundreds of toothpaste varieties to choose from - so how do you make the right decision for your teeth? For this blog, we'll tell you all you need to know to select the best toothpaste from the sea of flavors and varieties.
50 Shades of White
Ultimately, the differences in toothpaste varieties are nominal - at the end of the day, they all help to remove plaque and stains, keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Still, though, each variety is designed for a specific purpose. Here are some of the most common types of toothpaste, what they do, and who should use them:
· Whitening: These are made with stronger abrasives designed to more aggressively remove food particles and stains. While they vary in strength and results, many people do find them effective - but for those with more sensitive teeth, they may be too harsh.
· Sensitive Teeth: These are virtually the opposite of whitening pastes - they're designed with gentler abrasives and chemicals, helping to ease pain and discomfort for sufferers of tooth sensitivity. If you suffer from receding gum lines or sensitivity to hot and cold, this can be a great option for alleviating pain.
· Plaque/Tartar Control: While these pastes can't get at plaque that builds up under the gums, they're designed to halt build up of new plaque and tartar - something critical for fighting decay and cavities. If you're actively trying to improve the cleanliness of your teeth, these can make a great option.
· Children's: The main difference in children's toothpaste is that it contains less fluoride, which can stain teeth if applied in excess. In general, this is a good option for kids.
Contact Your Santa Monica, CA Cosmetic Dentist
If you have more questions about how best to take care of your teeth, we're always happy to answer them. Feel free to call us at 310-359-8444, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Santa Monica, CA office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to seeing you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping you smile healthy, beautiful, and strong!