When it comes to purchasing toothpaste, most of us are more inclined to buy what ever is on sale rather than the one that would benefit our teeth the most.  However, there are a number of toothpastes that serve a specific purpose in various treatment regimens.  With a little help, you can determine which toothpaste is appropriate for you.

One of the best everyday toothpaste solutions are anti-cavity formulas.  Virtually all toothpaste solutions contain fluoride which protects your teeth against decay and strengthen your enamel.  If your gums are suffering from redness and bleeding, you will benefit from using an anti-gingivitis toothpaste.  Anti-gingivitis toothpastes can help by reducing oral bacteria and medicate this condition at it’s source.  If you experience a sharpness or pain when consuming hot or cold beverages or meals, a desensitizing toothpaste would probably benefit you.  These types of toothpastes help by reducing the pain by blocking a tooth’s pain signal to the nerve, and can make drinking coffee and other types of beverages more enjoyable again.  Another option is tartar control toothpaste.  As the name suggests, this type of toothpaste helps prevent the buildup of tartar which is essentially hardened plaque.  This can help slow the build up, but the best way to completely remove tartar and bacteria is by having a professional dental cleaning.  Lastly,  there are toothpastes with a  whitener as an ingredient.  These toothpastes contain polishing and other chemical additives that remove surface stains and can help maintain the natural color of your teeth.

If you’re still unsure about which toothpaste is best for you, feel free to ask Dr. Zola Makrauer on your next visit and we can give you our professional recommendation.  Instead of opting for the on sale choice, go for the solution that will best serve you and your teeth… your smile will thank you!  Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts mission is to create happy and healthy smiles!!