[:en]Most of us grab toothpaste from the shelves and don’t even really think twice. Perhaps we stick to the brands we know, or maybe because we have used a certain type of toothpaste forever. We use our chosen toothpaste at least twice a day, so it makes sense to be fully aware of what we are brushing our teeth with, right? Here at Smile Workshop we strongly believe that finding the right toothpaste is so important. A little research goes a long way, so we have put together a few tips on how to choose the right toothpaste.
1. A seal of approval is important
You should always make sure the toothpaste you choose is approved by the American Dental Association. The mecca of all things ‘dental’, ADA is a trusted source. Find out what toothpastes ADA approves here.
2. Your toothpaste must include fluoride
This is the BARE MINIMUM ingredient that your toothpaste should have. Fluoride is basic oral hygiene as it fights cavities and protects your teeth. Almost all toothpastes have fluoride included, however it is recommended that you always double check for it.
3. Sensitive teeth need special care
If you have sensitive teeth, you need to choose your toothpaste wisely. Whitening toothpastes are not recommended for people who have sensitive teeth due to the ingredients that provide a whiter smile. These ingredients can potentially do more harm than good on sensitive teeth. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, please speak to the dentists at Smile Workshop who can provide a more gentle option.
4. Avoid toothpastes that are sweetened
We all remember the bubblegum flavored toothpastes that we used to use as kids. We forgive you if you are still using highly sweetened toothpastes as an adult, but we recommend that you switch to something different. Highly sweetened toothpastes are high in sugar and not healthy at all. Be aware of this.
Above all, we always recommend consulting your dentist first prior to setting your heart on one toothpaste. Remember, this is something you use every day of your life, so it’s important that we use the best of the best. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Smile Workshop, please click here.
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