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How to Choose the Best Toothpaste, and Should You Change Toothpastes Periodically?

Many people like to try new things to grow and discover their personal preferences. They often do this to find out what’s working well and what isn’t. When it comes to your toothpaste, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Dentists will tell you that switching your toothpaste brand doesn’t make a big difference. What does make a difference in the cleanliness of your teeth is your brushing style and the bristle quality of your toothbrush.

Your Brushing Style Matters

The ideal way to brush your teeth is very gently. Brush your teeth twice a day for approximately two minutes to keep your teeth sparkling and your mouth healthy. If you prefer a manual or electric operating style, look for a toothbrush with soft bristles. For toothpaste, look for one that contains fluoride.

Do You Want a New Toothpaste?

There are numerous reasons why you may want to change your toothpaste. Suppose you are using an abrasive toothpaste, such as one with charcoal. In that case, dentists do recommend changing your toothpaste because long-term use can damage the enamel on your teeth.
As long as you use toothpaste with fluoride and you’re seeing the results you want at the dentist’s office, you don’t need to worry about changing your toothpaste. Choose a toothpaste that helps to make your brushing enjoyable, painless and effective.

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste?

Do you get confused over what toothpaste to buy because there are so many options. Since oral hygiene is vital to your overall health, you want to choose one that is best for your mouth.

  • Sensitive Teeth
    Some teeth are sensitive because of broken teeth that reveal dentin, tooth decay, loose fillings and worn tooth enamel. If you are looking for toothpaste that helps with sensitivity, choose one with 5% potassium nitrate. It also helps to let the toothpaste sit on your teeth for a while; do this by not rinsing your mouth for 20 minutes after brushing your teeth.
  • Gum Disease
    If gum disease is worrying you, it’s helpful to know that preventing it is less about the toothpaste you choose and more about your brushing technique. The main cause of gum disease is the plaque that gets stuck near your gums. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush and gently brush your teeth twice per day.
  • Teeth Whitening
    Do you want whiter teeth? Most regular toothpaste won’t change the shade of your teeth. If you want a whiter smile with an over the counter toothpaste, use specialized toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.
  • Organic Toothpaste
    If you are looking for organic and natural toothpaste, make sure it is approved by the Canadian Dental Association, and contains a fluoride ingredient.

Final Thoughts

Since there are so many different types of toothpaste available in the market, it may be difficult for you to choose the right one.
If you’re having trouble deciding on the best toothpaste for your needs, we’d love to help! Please call us at (905) 237-7976 to ask us a question related to toothpaste or dental care, or to book an appointment if you need to see a dentist.

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