The toothpaste aisle at any given drugstore tends to provide endless options of tubes filled with a variety of substances for your teeth, so knowing which toothpaste is right for you can seem daunting. Choosing between tartar control, fluoride induced, whitening effects …or a myriad of other brushing solutions can be a head scratcher, so allow us to help you find the right toothpaste for YOU!
Understanding the Basics of Toothpaste
Despite the many formulas of toothpastes on the market, there are some commonalities that will include:
– Abrasive agents such as calcium carbonate and silicates that helps to remove food, bacteria, and some minor stains from your teeth
– Flavouring that may include artificial sweeteners in order to enhance the flavour and make the toothpaste more palatable
– Detergents that cause the toothpaste to foam in your mouth, often comprised of sodium lauryl sulfate
So Which Toothpaste Do You Choose?
Firstly, choose a toothpaste that is CDA approved, and be wary of “import toothpaste” sometimes found in such places as dollar stores. In 2007, a Chinese import toothpaste was found to contain diethyl glycol – a toxic substance not intended for human use. So only buy name brand toothpaste from a location you trust.
Secondly, address the needs of the family. If you have small children, ensure the toothpaste you choose is kid-friendly. If you have your elderly parents living with you, ensure the toothpaste you have is right for their teeth concerns – especially if they have dentures.
Lastly, choose according to personal preference. If you enjoy spearmint over peppermint, or vanilla over cinnamon, choose the one that will most likely find you or your kids in the bathroom brushing your/their teeth frequently.
At DentistsRUs , we are here to help you achieve a healthy smile no matter what area you live or work within the Lower Mainland. So call, click, or come by to ensure your smile is in optimal condition!
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