Toothpaste Types: How To Choose The Right Type

22 January 2019
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

If you ever browse the toothpaste aisle of your local pharmacy, you probably noticed dozens of different types of toothpastes. As you browse this aisle looking for toothpaste, how do you choose which type to buy? Do you only buy the option that is on sale? Do you look for the nicest package? These are methods many people use; however, it is important to choose the type of toothpaste that offers the protection you need most. Here are some of the top options.

Fluoride Toothpaste

Most toothpaste products you see will contain fluoride, but there are some that do not. Choosing a product with fluoride is important, though, as exposing your teeth to this mineral helps keep them stronger and healthier. Therefore, always choose a toothpaste with fluoride unless your dentist tells you specifically not to, which is very rare.

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste

A second type you will see is the type designed for sensitive teeth, and there are usually multiple options for this. This type of toothpaste is ideal for anyone who struggles with sensitivity issues with their teeth. With repeated use, this toothpaste will desensitize the teeth, leaving a person feeling fewer problems related to sensitivity.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste products are ideal for people who want whiter teeth and that have discoloration from daily habits, such as drinking coffee. Additionally, whitening toothpaste products are generally grittier in nature compared to other types of toothpastes. This gritty nature helps scrub teeth more thoroughly during brushing.

Gum Health Toothpaste

There are also toothpaste products that are ideal for people who may have gingivitis or be on the verge of developing gum disease. These are often called gum-health toothpastes or anti-plaque toothpastes. Both of these types are great for people who have problems with cavities, a lot of plaque buildup, or gum problems, and you can choose from a variety of options with these types.

Natural Toothpaste

You can also find toothpaste that is labeled as natural toothpaste, and this is the perfect option for people who do not like putting any toxins or chemicals in their bodies. While other toothpaste brands are completely safe, natural toothpaste might be slightly safer; however, it may not offer as much protection over your teeth. Always ask your dentist about this option if you are considering using it.  

These are some of the main options you will find as you shop for toothpaste, and some products offer multiple purposes. If you are not sure which option is best for your teeth, ask your dental services provider for advice.