The dental hygiene aisle in your local grocery store is filled with multiple shelves filled with many brands and types of toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste. While most people choose a toothbrush based on personal preference, advertisements tend to determine toothpaste sales. When shopping for your family, it is important to find a toothpaste that will protect your loved one’s teeth and gums. Below are some guidelines to remember when searching out a new dental hygiene product.
First of all, toothpaste comes in powder, paste or gel form, and the variations have little affect on the product’s abilities. All types of toothpaste have the same basic components, which consist of mild abrasives to remove debris, humectants to keep the paste’s consistency, flavoring agents, thickening agents, and detergents to spread the toothpaste throughout the mouth in a foaming action.
While all products contain the same base ingredients, many toothpastes have added ingredients which aim to help individuals with specific concerns. When shopping for children, it is especially important to find a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and fights decay, protecting children’s teeth and gums. A variety of ingredients assist in fighting plaque and gingivitis to ultimately prevent gum disease. For teen and adult family members, stain fighting chemicals act as “polishing agents” to help whiten teeth, while desensitizing ingredients can minimize the pain of overly-sensitive teeth and gums.
Though there are many forms and brands of toothpaste available, but the one way to find the best option on the shelf is to look for the ADA Seal. The American Dental Association provides its seal of approval to toothpastes that meet the criteria for safety and effectiveness. If you are in a hurry and searching for an effective product, look for the ADA Seal to ensure that the new toothpaste will strengthen and protect your family’s teeth.
Be sure to speak with your dentist about the best toothpaste option for your family’s needs during your next appointment!