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Which Toothpaste Should You Be Using?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

297243_blogIf you’re often faced with the retail dilemma of selecting a single tube of toothpaste from hundreds of different products, you’re certainly not alone. Today, consumers have a huge choice of toothpastes and it can be incredibly hard to know which one to go for and which is the best for your teeth.

Choosing the right toothpaste

There are lots of different brands and types of toothpaste product on the market now and often, making the right choice comes down to catering for your individual needs and preferences. In addition to more general products, which are suited to the mass market, there are lots of speciality toothpastes, for example those that are designed for sensitive teeth, so it’s worth looking out for those that appeal to your dental needs. Some people also have preferences when it comes to flavours, colours and additional features, such as enamel protection or whitening properties.

If you find the whole scenario of choosing toothpaste difficult and confusing, the best thing to do is to ask your dentist or dental hygienist for advice. They can offer recommendations based on their knowledge related to oral health and they experience of working with you as a dental patient; they will be able to make suggestions based on what they think would suit you best.

Fluoride toothpaste

We recommend using fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride helps to strengthen and protect the tooth enamel. Fluoride is a mineral, which is found naturally in water and sometimes added to water supplies to reduce the risk of dental decay. The amount of fluoride in commercial toothpaste products is carefully monitored. Take care if you have young children, as the level of fluoride in adult toothpaste is higher; if you have children aged under 7, you should buy children’s toothpaste.