Choosing the right toothpaste for your oral health needs is important. In general, as long as the toothpaste you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Approval it meets the standards for being safe and effective. A lot of factors can come into play when choosing your toothpaste such as; sensitivity, tartar control, abrasiveness, whitening, and dentures. The type of toothpaste which you should use entirely depends on your needs. Every dentist will recommend that their patients use a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen gums and fight tooth decay.
When choosing a toothpaste look for these 3 ingredients:
- Fluoride: Dentists recommend a fluoride toothpaste as it helps to remineralize your tooth enamel, reduces damage from acidic foods and drinks as well as fights cavities.
- Tartar control: Toothpastes with tartar control help reduce plaque and tartar build up which are the main causes of cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
- Anti-bacterial agent: Recent medical studies suggest that toothpastes with an anti-bacterial agent, triclosan, help lower the incidence of plaque, germs and gum disease.
The ingredients above are what’s recommended in choosing a good toothpaste. If you have specific questions about toothpaste give us a call. On your next visit we can discuss which type of toothpaste is recommended for your teeth. We will let you know whether or not your mouth needs extra fluoride protection for tooth enamel from bacteria or if you need whitening toothpaste to remove minor surfaces stains from your morning coffee.
Brushing your teeth regularly is very important for your oral health so choose a toothpaste that you’ll enjoy using every day. Following a healthy brushing and flossing regime is more important than the brand of toothpaste one uses.
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Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services. We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.