Remember when we gave you some pointers to help guide you to the perfect toothbrush in How To Pick Out The Perfect Toothbrush? Today we are going to do something similar except this time we will be focusing our attention on toothpaste.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
1. “Natural” toothpastes may not be the most effective choice.
While we think it is great that some people opt to pick up products with a “natural” label on them more often than not, doing this when it comes to toothpaste may lead to somewhat iffy results at times. We recommend that you only buy a natural toothpaste (or any brand of toothpaste for that matter, natural or not) if it includes all of the following elements.
2. Look for the ADA seal.
We have mentioned reaching for products that are stamped the ADA Seal of Acceptance before, but this is totally worth repeating, especially since toothpaste is something that you swish around in your mouth.
Basically, you should just make it a habit to limit your oral care-related product purchases to items with the ADA seal. To begin your toothpaste-selection journey, check out these ADA-approved toothbrushes.
3. Fluoride is your friend.
Once you have made sure that a toothpaste does indeed have the ADA seal, you can scour its ingredient list to see whether or not it contains fluoride.
Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and can even prevent early tooth decay which is why it is added to drinking water around the country, so it is not difficult to figure out that having fluoride in your toothpaste is a good thing to have in your toothpaste too.
4. If you have any oral health issues (i.e. gingervitis, cold sensitivity*, etc.), get your dentist’s input.
Your dentist knows your dental history, so they will know exactly what kind of toothpaste will best suit your individual needs.
*If you have sensitive teeth, you should read Tooth Sensitivity: A Quick Guide.