Most of us know by now that it is important to brush our teeth and floss twice daily in order to maintain good oral hygiene. But when it comes to choosing the right toothpaste, the decision can be daunting. With so many options available, it is sometimes hard to know which product is going to be the best for our teeth.
Many toothpastes are effective for tartar control and gum heath. Some even have added benefits for specific oral health issues such as sensitivity and high decay risk. This enables you to choose a toothpaste that will suit any specific dental needs you have. Whitening toothpastes are also available but some can be abrasive and can damage tooth enamel. Before purchasing, consult your oral health professional.
Dental professionals recommend brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. The majority of toothpastes on the market have fluoride in them. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is proven to help prevent decay and strengthen your enamel. There are also many non-fluoride and natural toothpastes available.
Toothpastes come in a range of flavours, so there are always options if you don’t enjoy the classic mint taste.
If you’re really stuck on which toothpaste to choose, the best place to start is to ask your oral heath professional, either your dentist or your hygienist. They will be able to recommend a toothpaste beneficial for your overall oral heath.
Of equal importance in maintaining good oral hygiene, along with the toothpaste you choose, are correct brushing technique and interdental cleaning. As well as brushing, flossing and having dental check-ups twice yearly, it is recommended that you visit a dental hygienist for a professional clean. This will clean your teeth more thoroughly than you are able to do with a toothbrush.