No toothpaste will be able to save the smile of an individual who is nonchalant about good oral hygiene; however, according to Ada Cooper, DDS, who is the spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA), the smiles of individuals who take their oral hygiene seriously can benefit from using a toothpaste that addresses his or her particular dental needs.
Always Choose a Toothpaste That Carries the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance
In order for a toothpaste to receive the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance, it must meet the association’s requirements for effectiveness and safety. The claims made on the toothpaste’s packaging must be true.
Choosing a Toothpaste
There are more than 350 different types of toothpastes, powders and gels available, which is why choosing just one may seem like an overwhelming task; however, the information below should help you sift through the numerous options available to find the product that will meet your dental needs the best.
Toothpaste Ingredients and Terms
Re-mineralizes and strengthens tooth enamel – considered by the ADA as ‘nature’s cavity fighter.’ It coats the teeth; thus, forming a shield that protects the teeth from cavity causing acids. Prescription toothpastes like PreviDent contain large amounts of fluoride and can help prevent cavities.
Tip – When brushing your teeth, spit out the toothpaste, but do not rinse. This allows the fluoride to stay on the teeth longer.
Xylitol (sweetener), saccharin (sweetener), cinnamon and peppermint is used to enhance the flavor of toothpaste.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is a detergent that creates the foaming action; however, it can cause dry mouth, canker sores and allergies.
The mild abrasives used in teeth whitening toothpastes prevent additional stain buildup and also help polish the teeth. Although these toothpastes will not alter the actual color of […]