During the course of a lifetime the average American spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth so the minty stuff you use counts!
With the ceaseless bombardment of choices we face in the toothpaste aisle, it is easy to fall victim to the tube promising a ‘glamourous’ smile or the one stamped with the cheapest price. Choose the right toothpaste for you with these helpful hints:
Check Your Ingredients!Many toothpastes contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is a type of detergent that studies claim contains a carcinogenic biproduct from the manufacturing process. For those who do not want to take the risk, there are toothpastes on the market which do not use SLS.Fluoride is another ingredient to consider. It is a natural mineral which is used to protect the tooth enamel from acid erosion resulting from bacteria in the saliva. Studies show that fluoride reduces cavities in people of all ages and tooth decay when used correctly.For children, it is best to find a toothpaste which is not only pleasing in flavor, but also safe to consume.
Do you have sensitive teeth?For the people who are prone to tooth sensitivity resulting from hot or cold beverages, a toothpaste containing strontium chloride or potassium nitrate will help to alleviate symptoms. These ingredients are commonly used to block receptors in the nerves of the teeth, thereby eradicating the pain. Remember to be patient as the toothpaste usually needs a week or two of regular use before you can actually feel a difference.
To whiten or not to whiten?Be vigilant when considering toothpastes that claim to have whitening powers since they contain abrasives which can create sensitivity. In fact, toothpastes that prevent tartar buildup actually do more to whiten teeth than specialty whitening brands as tartar is the leading cause of tooth discoloration.
Whichever toothpaste you choose, check if it was awarded the “Seal of Acceptance” by the American Dental Association to be sure the product is safe and effective.