With so many types of toothpaste out there such as tartar control, whitening, sensitivity, cavity prevention, and many more, it can be difficult to know what’s right for you! We are often asked by our patients what types we suggest they use. Here are some basic recommendations, but it is always a good idea to consult your dentist or hygienist about what may be best for you.
It can be difficult to know what type of toothpaste is right for your child. Children who are unable to spit toothpaste out after brushing (ages 0-3) require a rice sized amount of children’s toothpaste. As children grow and are able to brush and spit out the remaining toothpaste (ages 3-6), a pea sized amount of children’s toothpaste with fluoride, or a cavity prevention paste is suggested. Be sure to monitor your child when brushing so they do not swallow the toothpaste.
For adults, finding toothpaste that makes your mouth feel clean and fresh can be a challenge. For patients who want to remove surface stains and whiten teeth, a whitening paste is recommended. If you find that you have more tartar buildup than others, we recommend using tartar protection toothpaste.
One of our patient’s biggest concerns is sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by many factors, some of which include using whitening or tarter protection toothpastes, gum recession, and thinning enamel. We recommend using a sensitivity toothpaste that contains both fluoride and an anti-sensitivity ingredient such as potassium nitrate on a daily basis.
If a sensitivity toothpaste is not working for you, ask your dentist or hygienist if a prescription strength fluoride toothpaste may be right for you. Prescription strength fluoride toothpastes have a much higher concentration of fluoride to help re-mineralize and strengthen teeth for patients at greater risk for tooth decay.
Be sure that the toothpaste you choose carries the American Dental Seal of Acceptance (ADA), indicating the product has met the criteria for safety and effectiveness. If you have any questions or concerns about which toothpaste may be best for you please be sure to ask your dentist or hygienist at your next appointment!