Brushing is essential to oral hygiene and one of the ways to prevent diverse dental diseases without a visit to the dental clinic. Even if you see a dentist for a check-up or treatment, regular brushing of your teeth cannot be replaced with anything. However, brushing is crucial to your dental health and comfort. As a result, you cannot underestimate the importance of choosing the right toothpaste.
Here are the tips for choosing the right toothpaste:
1. Type of Toothpaste
When you walk past the dental shelves of your local store, you will see an extensive collection of different brands and varieties of toothpaste. But knowing the types of toothpaste will help you in choosing the perfect one for your needs.
Below are the types of toothpaste:
a. Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
You may suffer from sensitive teeth if the enamel of your teeth has been damaged, special toothpaste has been developed to reduce the pain you feel when to take cold, hot, or sweet food or drink. This type of toothpaste contains about 5% of potassium nitrate to block pain receptors in the brain.
b. Whitening Toothpaste
This type of toothpaste enhances the colour of the teeth. It usually contains whitening agents such as carbamide peroxide and calcium peroxide and a higher content of abrasive for stain removal.
c. High Fluoride Toothpaste
This toothpaste has a higher content of fluoride than regular toothpaste. It is best suited for patients with a high level of tooth decay or who have a high tendency of developing dental cavities.
d. Herbal Toothpaste
This type of toothpaste is made from natural or herbal extracts. While many people patronize herbal toothpaste, ensure that it has the required amount of fluoride.
As a result, choose the toothpaste type that suits your need.
2. Check ADA Approval
Choose a toothpaste that meets the strict requirements of the American Dental Association (ADA), which specifies that toothpaste should contain fluoride, active ingredients to enhance oral hygiene, and be free from flavouring agents like saccharin and sugar that contribute to tooth decay.
3. Check RDA Level
Different brands of toothpaste have varied levels of abrasiveness, which is known as Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA). Toothpaste contains abrasive agents to clean and whiten the teeth. Products that have less than 250 RDA are safe and effective while a higher RDA could damage the teeth. As a result, choose toothpaste that is ADA-approved; they contain under 250 RDA.
4. Ask a Dentist
Another way to choose the right toothpaste is to go to a dental clinic for an examination and ask your dentist for the right toothpaste to maintain and improve your dental health.
About Bathurst Western Dental
Bathurst Western Dental is a dental clinic located in Toronto. Our team is committed to providing you the best dental care whether it is a complete examination and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between.