The toothpaste aisle can be a daunting place, but fear not! Choosing the right toothpaste is simple with a little direction.
Most toothpaste contains fluoride, which is highly recommended for cavity prevention. The amount of fluoride in toothpaste determines its cavity-fighting ability; if you are prone to cavities, choose toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride. You can also consider a fluoride rinse to strengthen enamel even further. For those who need an extra boost of cavity protection, Dr. Gabhart recommends prescription-strength Prevident 5000.
If you experience sensitivity when you consume hot or cold foods or drinks, choose gentle toothpaste tailored for sensitivity. Dr. Gabhart recommends Colgate Sensitive, especially for those with sensitivity to cold. Those with sensitive teeth should avoid whitening toothpastes as these can be abrasive and contribute to your sensitivity.
Look for baking soda as a natural ingredient – it provides an effective alternative to some of the harsher chemicals typically found in toothpaste. Bonus: Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, so it’ll help you wake up with fresher breath!
Organic toothpastes contain no chemicals and are completely natural in composition. The absence of dyes and the use of plant-based ingredients in these toothpastes appeal to environmentally-conscious patients. However, organic toothpastes do not contain fluoride and might be less effective at cavity prevention.
For children, look at the ingredients and avoid those with high sugar or sweetener content. These may taste better, but they are counter-productive for cavity prevention.