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So you go into your local chemist or your local supermarket and find yourself in the healthcare aisle – looking at row upon row of tooth paste! We all know that looking after your teeth is vital, and part of that is to brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time. But who’d have thought there were so many tooth pastes to choose from?! Are they all the same? Does it really matter which one I buy? There are ones for children too? Which one is right for me – Whitening toothpaste? Fluoride toothpaste? Plaque-beating toothpaste? Toothpaste for sensitive teeth?

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste - Tooth Doctor in Essex and ThurrockWhich Tooth Paste is Right for You?

We all want white teeth, fresh breath and to avoid plaque, yet we can’t use three different toothpastes every day. So, if you want to know which toothpaste is right for you, you need to know what is actually in each of them. Most recognised brands of toothpaste have the same basic ingredients, normally including;

  • Flouride: This actively protects your teeth against decay.
  • Calcium: This helps to strengthen teeth and remove stains
  • Flavouring and foaming agents

So, in truth, any toothpaste containing these three basic ingredients should, if used correctly and regularly, be enough to keep your teeth healthy and free from decay. Of course, you have to put the effort in too!

Outside of these factors, it really is down to personal preference and taste. If you prefer a whitening toothpaste for example, just be careful as they can be sometimes be a little abrasive and cause damage to your enamel. Also, remember that as every person’s teeth are different, using a whitening toothpaste may not be as effective for you as it is for someone else. If in doubt about its effectiveness, please get in touch with your dentist here for more advice.

Some brands on the market claim to help remove stains caused by nicotine. Again this is only possible by being extremely abrasive. Obviously the better option is to give up smoking rather than use ‘smokers’ toothpaste. However, you may wish to consider professional whitening with your dentist instead, which provide far better results than any toothpaste will achieve.

‘Sensitive’ toothpastes can work for a lot of people. The active ingredients, such as Strontium or Potassium Chloride can help to make sensitivity more bearable. Ultimately, however, we would recommend you see your dentist to help find the cause of the discomfort.

Finally, it is important for children to have their own specially formulated toothpaste. Most brands or even supermarket own brands will usually have toothpaste for 0-2 years 3-5 years and 6years+. This is due to the agreed ‘safe’ levels of fluoride for each age group.

FAQs on Choosing the Right Toothpaste - Tooth Doctor in Essex and ThurrockFrequently Asked Questions about Choosing Your Tooth Paste

  1. What is the most important factor when choosing toothpaste?The most crucial factor is fluoride content, as it helps prevent cavities and strengthens tooth enamel.
  2. Are there toothpaste options for sensitive teeth?Yes, there are toothpaste brands specifically designed for sensitive teeth. They contain ingredients to reduce sensitivity.
  3. Can I use any toothpaste for children?It’s best to choose toothpaste formulated for children, as it typically has a lower fluoride concentration to prevent fluorosis.
  4. What is fluorosis, and how can I avoid it?Fluorosis is tooth staining caused by excessive fluoride intake. To avoid it, use age-appropriate toothpaste and teach children to use a pea-sized amount.
  5. Are natural or organic toothpaste options better?Natural toothpaste can be effective, but not all are ADA-approved. Look for the ADA Seal of Approval for a reliable choice.
  6. Do I need a specific toothpaste for gum issues?Yes, if you have gum problems, consider a toothpaste designed for gum health. It may contain antibacterial agents.
  7. Can toothpaste whiten teeth effectively?Whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains, but for deeper whitening, consult your dentist.
  8. How do I choose toothpaste for bad breath?Select a toothpaste with antibacterial agents like zinc or triclosan, which can help combat bad breath.
  9. Are there toothpaste options for dry mouth?Yes, there are toothpaste brands formulated to combat dry mouth. They may contain saliva stimulants.
  10. Can I use charcoal toothpaste for teeth whitening?Charcoal toothpaste is trendy, but it can be abrasive. Consult your dentist before using it for whitening.
  11. Is it necessary to use fluoride-free toothpaste?Fluoride is essential for preventing cavities. Only use fluoride-free toothpaste if recommended by your dentist.
  12. Can I use baking soda as a toothpaste substitute?Baking soda can be abrasive and should be used sparingly. It’s better to choose a toothpaste with baking soda if desired.
  13. What is the difference between gel and paste toothpaste?The main difference is texture. Gel toothpaste tends to have a smoother consistency, while paste is thicker.
  14. Can I make my own toothpaste at home?Homemade toothpaste recipes exist, but they may not be as effective or safe as commercial options. Consult your dentist before trying homemade toothpaste.
  15. Is it safe to use flavoured toothpaste for children?Flavoured toothpaste is safe for children and can make brushing more appealing, but ensure it has age-appropriate fluoride levels.
  16. What are the considerations for those with allergies?Check toothpaste ingredients for allergens. Some toothpaste brands are specially formulated for people with allergies or sensitivities.
  17. Can I use toothpaste with a broken tooth or braces?It’s generally safe, but be cautious near sensitive areas. Soft-bristle brushes may help prevent further damage.
  18. Should I choose a toothpaste with added mouthwash?Toothpaste with mouthwash can provide extra freshness, but it’s not a substitute for regular mouthwash if needed.
  19. Can I use toothpaste on my gums?Toothpaste is meant for teeth, not gums. Gently brush your gums with a toothbrush using fluoride toothpaste.
  20. Is it necessary to consult my dentist before choosing toothpaste?While it’s not required, consulting your dentist can help you make the best choice based on your specific dental needs and concerns.

Visit Tooth Doctor for Dental Hygiene Checkups

In addition to selecting the right toothpaste for your oral health needs, it’s essential to complement your at-home dental care with regular dental hygiene checkups at Tooth Doctor in Essex and Thurrock. These checkups are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. Our experienced dental professionals can assess the condition of your teeth and gums, identify any emerging issues, and provide professional cleanings to remove stubborn plaque and tartar buildup. By combining the benefits of proper toothpaste selection and routine dental checkups, you can ensure that your smile remains healthy, bright, and free from dental problems. Don’t hesitate to schedule your next dental hygiene checkup with us to enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health.

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Tooth Doctor proudly serves the community of Essex and Thurrock with three conveniently located dental clinics. Whether you’re in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope, a top-tier dental experience is just around the corner. The Basildon clinic is situated at 7 Market Pavement SS14 1DD. The Brentwood clinic is at 27 High Street CM14 4RG. The Stanford-le-Hope clinic is at 26 Corringham Rd SS17 0AH. They are all easily accessible both by car and public transportation. With ample parking options and proximity to major transit routes, getting to us for your dental treatments is a breeze. No matter which surrounding area you’re coming from, Tooth Doctor ensures a smooth journey to a brighter smile!

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