How To Choose The Right Toothpaste For You

It’s no secret that there are a variety of toothbrush types and designs available. However, did you know that there are also different types of toothpaste to choose from as well? Different toothpaste types are better suited for the needs of certain individuals often, depending on their oral health condition or age. It can be confusing to navigate and decide which toothpaste is right for you. Toothpaste comes available in gels, paste and powdered forms.

Below, we have created a comprehensive guide on the most commonly used types of toothpaste as well as their ingredients and benefits to help you select which type is right for your teeth.

CDA Approved Toothpaste

Regardless of the type of toothpaste you choose, you should always opt for one that is verified by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). CDA approved toothpastes will have the CDA Seal of Approval on it or can easily be listed on the website. The approval program ensures the toothpaste is of high-quality and can improve oral health.

1. Fortified With Fluoride

When selecting a toothpaste, it’s in the best interest of your teeth to find one that is fortified with fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral found in soil and water. It plays an important role in maintaining optimal oral health because of its ability to protect the teeth from tooth decay and bacteria. It can also effectively reduce tooth sensitivity caused by worn tooth enamel.

2. Whitening Toothpaste

If you’re interested in buying a whitening toothpaste, it’s important to be aware of how this type of toothpaste can soften the teeth enamel and increase tooth sensitivity. If your teeth and gums are already highly sensitive, ensure you discuss this with your dentist before you use whitening toothpaste or any whitening products. In general, whitening toothpastes are not as effective as in-office dental professional whitening treatments, however, they are an affordable alternative for patients that want some sense of teeth whitening.

3. Charcoal Toothpaste

Activated charcoal toothpastes are becoming increasingly popular all over the world. However, it’s important to note that there has not been a significant amount of research regarding the long-term effects of this toothpaste. If you’re considering switching to charcoal toothpaste, be aware that some of the brands may not carry fluoride. The toothpaste can whiten teeth, but may only remove stains from the surface and wear down the tooth enamel over time.

4. Sensitive Toothpaste

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of factors from worn enamel, gum disease, chipped or decayed teeth. The teeth become extremely reactionary and sensitive to hot, cold, acidic or sweet foods that irritate the nerves. Sensitive toothpaste is often high in fluoride to prevent decay and reduce the pain and irritation from sensitivity. Depending on your level of teeth sensitivity, ensure you discuss this with your dentist and see what brand of toothpaste they advise.

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