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Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

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There are now more toothpaste brands than ever available on the shelf, with all of these brands marketing themselves to be the best for your dental health. Deciding on the best toothpaste for your teeth can easily be overwhelming when you’ve got an endless number of options.

Here are some tips from our Gold Coast dentists that will simplify your task of choosing the best toothpaste for your dental health, depending on your own unique needs!

 

Types of toothpaste

  • Sensitive teeth toothpaste
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Plaque prevention toothpaste
  • Natural toothpaste
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Sensitive teeth toothpaste

Tooth sensitivity is a common issue that requires you to visit a professional dentist for a proper dental checkup. It can be due to gum disease, underlying cavities in teeth or gum recession. However, sensitive teeth toothpaste can reduce your painful symptoms in the meantime, until you can determine the cause of the sensitivity. They usually include potassium nitrate which reduces the symptoms. It helps in soothing the nerve endings that are responsible for tooth sensitivity.

Short-acting:

Toothpastes such as ‘Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief’ and ‘Sensodyne Rapid Relief’ are used for immediate relief as they seal the tubules in the dentine and provide quick relief in pain.

Long-acting:

Sensitive teeth toothpastes including normal Sensodyne containing potassium nitrate, or ‘Colgate Sensitive’ are considered long-acting as they provide long term relief of pain and sensitivity by covering the exposed dentine. However, these toothpastes need to be brushed effectively at the area of concern for better results.

Active ingredients:

The latest sensitive teeth toothpastes (‘Sensodyne Complete Care’ and ‘Sensodyne Repair and Protect’) have a special ingredient “NovaMin”. It helps in the formation of protective covering over the exposed dentine and cover all the microscopic gaps in the enamel of your teeth which results in a significant reduction in tooth sensitivity. 

Whitening toothpaste

It’s common to have stained teeth due to regular consumption of stain consuming foods including beverages and coffee without brushing and flossing teeth regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day is very important to keep your teeth stain-free and healthy for a longer period. Whitening toothpaste helps reduce those yellow stains on your teeth and restore your confident smile. Its ingredients include a small amount of hydrogen peroxide which assists in the whitening of teeth. 

Whitening toothpaste is beneficial for teeth whitening to an extent, but it is far less useful for removing deeper, darker stains than professional teeth whitening treatments. Visiting a dentist for in-chair teeth whitening or a take-home whitening kit is generally recommended to remove darker stains. To find out which whitening treatment is best for you, we recommend contacting your dentist so they can determine your suitability. 

Plaque prevention toothpaste

Plaque and tartar buildup on teeth is common for those who don’t brush their teeth regularly or visit the dentist for a checkup and clean as often as they should (twice yearly does the trick!). It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. However, there are toothpastes available that can help with these issues. Colgate Neutrafluor 5000 is usually recommended by professional dentists to remove plaque and prevent your teeth from further decay and the need for fillings or crowns down the track. It contains a high concentration of fluoride which prevents cavities and further demineralisation of the enamel of your teeth. 

 

Furthermore, plaque preventing toothpastes contain a component such as triclosan which prevents your teeth from bacterial colonisation

Natural or Herbal Toothpaste

Some people favour natural or herbal toothpaste due to the absence of certain ingredients. They can be used without any issue but you should be mindful of the presence of an adequate amount of fluoride in your herbal or natural toothpaste. It is also very important to choose ADA (Australian Dental Association) approved toothpaste. 

By choosing the right toothpaste tailored for your specific needs, you can solve a lot of your dental issues and prevent problems from occurring. Maintaining good oral hygiene, brushing twice a day with the right toothpaste and regular dental visits can help keep your teeth in their best condition. If you need help determining which toothpaste is right for you, please feel free to get in touch with our Gold Coast dentists!

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