These days there are an almost overwhelming number of toothpaste varieties crowding the aisles at your local pharmacy. Every major brand has multiple product lines. They boast different types of whitening, formulas that target issues like enamel or gum disease, and even unique ingredients like charcoal or coconut oil. With all these available options, which is going to be best for you? At Dental Wellness Phoenixville, we want to help simplify your decision, so we’ve broken down the options into some broader categories.

Children’s Toothpaste

Kids’ teeth are naturally more sensitive than adult teeth. As a result, they require less intense cleaning. Toothpaste brands achieve this mainly by reducing the amount of fluoride that the toothpaste contains. Fluoride is an important chemical for teeth cleaning; but in larger quantities, it can be harmful to ingest. That threshold is lower for children, which is why they have their own category of toothpaste. There’s also a wide variety of flavors available that appeal to children besides mint.

Whitening Toothpaste

There are many types of whitening toothpaste. What most of them have in common are harsher chemicals intended to remove or reduce surface stains on the teeth. Any of these options can be effective if you’re looking to make your smile a bit brighter over time. It’s good to keep in mind however that these chemicals can be harder on your enamel if your teeth are already sensitive.

Sensitivity Toothpaste

If your teeth do happen to be especially sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, these types of toothpaste could be best for you. They contain potassium nitrate that can help form a protective layer around your teeth. Results with these varieties can take a bit of time, but they’re helpful if you suffer from tooth sensitivity.

Tartar-Control Toothpaste

Tartar is a substance that comes from plaque that hardens on teeth before it can be removed. Dental cleanings are required to fully remove tartar buildup, but the chemicals in tartar-control toothpaste can at least prevent the buildup of plaque.

Preventive Dentistry in Phoenixville, PA

When it comes to toothpaste you have plenty of options, but as long as you’re aware of your general dental needs you can pick the right toothpaste for you. If you’re unsure what your oral health priorities are, Dental Wellness Phoenixville is committed to providing patients with personalized treatment plans. For more info, or to schedule an appointment, reach out to us at (610) 933-1717.

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