The Fundamental Toothpaste Guide

The Fundamental Toothpaste Guide
Posted on 12/03/2015


Everyone knows that brushing (and flossing) is one of the foundations of a strong oral hygiene routine - and all in all, it's a pretty simple process. But there's one thing that many of our patients tell us is unclear: selecting the right toothpaste! Between all the different brands and types, there are lots of toothpaste varieties to choose from - so how do you make the right decision for your oral health? For this blog, we'll tell you all you need to know to choose the best toothpaste from the range of flavors and varieties.

50 Shades of White

Ultimately, the differences in toothpaste varieties are minimal - at the end of the day, they all help to remove plaque and stains, keeping your teeth bright and healthy. Still, however, each variety is designed for a specific purpose. Here are some of the most common types of toothpaste, what they do, and who should use them:

  • Whitening: These are made with stronger abrasives designed to more quickly remove food particles and stains. While they vary in strength and results, many people do find them effective - but for those with more sensitive teeth, they may be too harsh.
  • Sensitive Teeth: These are virtually the opposite of whitening pastes - they're made with gentler abrasives and chemicals, helping to limit pain and discomfort for subjects of tooth sensitivity. If you suffer from receding gum lines or sensitivity to hot and cold, this can be a great method for alleviating pain.
  • Plaque/Tartar Control: While these pastes can't remove plaque that builds up beneath the gums, they're crafted to prevent build up of new plaque and tartar - something crucial for fighting decay and cavities. If you're actively trying to improve the cleanliness of your teeth, these can prove to be a great option.
  • Children's: The main difference in children's toothpaste is that it contains less fluoride, which can stain teeth if applied in excess. In general, this is a good option for kids.

Contact Your Sunbury, OH Dentist

If you have more questions about how best to take care of your teeth, we're always happy to answer them. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Sunbury, OH office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to seeing you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your smile healthy, beautiful, and strong!