We’ve all done it - we’ve strolled down the aisle at Target or Whole Foods and felt a little overwhelmed at all the choices available to us when it comes to toothpaste and dental products.
One of the reasons there are so many different types of toothpaste to choose from is the fact that people have different oral hygiene needs. This is why you’ll need to know what to look for when deciding which toothpaste to purchase. We’re here to help you learn the basics, so let’s break it down by common dental issues we face and what to look for when shopping for your next toothpaste.
Sensitive teeth or “dentin hypersensitivity” affects 1 in 8 Americans, and you may be one of them. If you feel like your teeth ache or hurt after exposure to things like hot and cold beverages, chances are you will want to pick a toothpaste that can help with that.
Toothpaste for sensitive teeth commonly contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which helps block pathways attached to nerves in the teeth and can be an effective way to manage dentin hypersensitivity.
Plaque is a layer of bacteria on the teeth and if it is not removed with proper oral care, it can harden into what we call tartar. Some kinds of toothpaste are designed to help prevent the buildup of tartar on your pearly whites. Effective tartar-fighting ingredients to look for are pyrophosphates and zinc citrate.
Tartar should be taken seriously as it can build up under your gums, causing gum disease, which is why dentists recommend using toothpaste with tartar control. Most tartar control toothpaste also comes with fluoride as a key ingredient, but you should check the label to make sure the type you are buying does. This brings us to our next point…
Stain-Removing and Whitening
If you would like a radiant smile, whitening toothpaste may be a good choice. Most major brands offer a version of stain-removing or whitening toothpaste. You should be aware that some products contain harsh materials that gently scrub away surface stains, and some companies use peroxide to whiten. While popular, whitening toothpaste can often cause sensitivity and is not recommended for children or adolescents under the age of 18.
An All-Natural Alternative
Our newest product, Doctor Plotka’s All-Natural Whitening Toothpaste, is an all-in-one formula that can be used by anyone in the family above the age of 3. Our toothpaste can help address multiple oral care needs. Using organic propolis, our toothpaste reduces the risk of cavities, gum sensitivity, and plaque build-up. Our use of organic mint also gives your mouth and breath long-lasting freshness.
If you’re ready to try the best toothpaste ever, head to our store and stock up now. We know you’ll love it!