For ordinary shoppers, buying toothpaste can easily become overwhelming because of all the choices available. It’s the same for dentists, too. There are so many good brands that it can be hard to pick just one best toothpaste to promote in the dental office. And there are several different types too, to address different oral needs. For example, here are some of the major kinds sold in stores:
1. Desensitizing toothpastes
Made for people with teeth that are vulnerable to cold or hot substances, these toothpastes contain potassium nitrate, which eases the painful sensation associated with dentine hypersensitivity.
2. Whitening toothpastes
Some people have teeth that are prone to dental staining, possibly from consuming drinks such as coffee, cola, or tea. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that target these stains to remove them or lessen their appearance.
3. Tartar control toothpastes
Usually these toothpastes contain either sodium hexametaphosphate or sodium pyrophosphate, which helps to keep tartar from forming on the teeth.
Fluoride or non-fluoride?
Toothpastes are also divided into fluoride and non-fluoride categories. Herbal toothpastes and some children’s toothpastes fall under the non-fluoride kind, which are designed for kids who might ingest too much fluoride when brushing and adults who are either sensitive to that ingredient or just want a more natural dental cleansing option.
Most studies — and dentists — recommend fluoride toothpastes, however, because fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel and helps reverse acid damage (from eating sugars and starches) by remineralizing areas that have started to decay.
Charcoal toothpastes: Is it actually good for the teeth?
Currently enjoying extreme popularity are dental cleansers with activated charcoal. They’re mildly abrasive and able to absorb some surface stains to some degree, but there are many concerns that have been raised against their regular use. Brushing often with charcoal can wear down the tooth enamel, cause staining by having particles accumulate in the cracks of the teeth, lead to tooth decay (because these often do not contain fluoride), and may affect dental restorations.
The Best Toothpaste for Your Clients
The best toothpaste should meet a client’s specific needs, so we listed down different “bests” according to various dental needs. Since fluoride is a crucial ingredient in toothpastes, we’ve decided to feature only fluoridated ones with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that the products are deemed safe and effective.
-For sensitive teeth: Sensodyne Fresh Mint Sensitivity Protection
It works deep inside each tooth to calm the nerves and provide lasting sensitivity protection.
-For whitening: Colgate Optic Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Not only does it remove surface stains, it can go beyond it through the brand’s patented 2% hydrogen peroxide formulation. It can deeply whiten teeth by up to four shades but is gentle enough for daily use.
-For fighting plaque: Arm and Hammer Dental Care Toothpaste w/Baking Soda
It has the maximum level of baking soda to clean, strengthen, and whiten the tooth enamel, helping it remove more plaque than a non-baking soda based toothpaste.
-For overall dental health: Crest Pro-Health
Crest Pro-Health is one of a few toothpastes that meets the ADA approval in six categories: It whitens, reduces dental sensitivity, fights plaque and bad breath, and prevents gingivitis and cavities. It’s the best toothpaste for overall dental well-being.
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