When you go to the oral care aisle at your local grocery store, the options for toothpaste can feel overwhelming. If you just grab the first box of toothpaste that sticks out to you without even reading the label, we honestly don’t blame you. However, if you’re having issues while brushing, it might be because you need to change what toothpaste you’re using. Manufacturers are always trying to better cater to consumers and when it comes to toothpaste, there’s no exception.
That’s why your children’s dentist in Marble Falls is offering a few tips to keep in mind the next time you go shopping and toothpaste is on the list.
What are Your Needs While Brushing?
The first step to take before purchasing a new toothpaste is to consider what your needs are for your oral care routine. It’s one thing to pick out a flavor that suits your tastes (which is very important,) however, it’s another thing to pick a toothpaste that contains ingredients designed for a specific purpose. For example, there are ingredients specifically meant to fight cavities, strengthen teeth, and remove surface stains.
Additionally, manufacturers are also making toothpastes to help consumers who experience sensitivity while brushing. This is typically because their teeth can’t handle the abrasive or harsh ingredients commonly found in toothpaste. We’ll be going over exactly what these ingredients are next.
What Ingredients are in Toothpaste?
If you buy a typical, non-organic toothpaste, it will most likely contain fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral designed to reduce your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association as well as your family dentist in Marble Falls recommends purchasing fluoridated toothpaste to properly keep your mouth clean.
If you want your toothpaste to be better for the environment, consider purchasing organic toothpaste. These contain no added chemicals and allow you to be conscious of the environment. However, keep in mind that many organic toothpastes contain are fluoride free, putting you at additional risk of dental disease. Check the box for the ingredients and look for “fluoride-free” on the box to confirm this.
If you have problems with sensitivity while brushing, look for a box that specifically caters to this issue. If not available, switch to an organic toothpaste that still contains fluoride to ensure protection from bacteria.
Is There an Ideal Toothpaste for My Child?
Most toothpastes contain an ingredient you may not have heard of called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a chemical compound designed to foam when combined with water. While most toothpastes branded for children are completely safe to use, SLS is known for being toxic in large amounts. If you want to be extra safe when buying toothpaste for family, organic toothpastes and children’s toothpastes will not contain this ingredient.
At the end of the day, choosing toothpaste really comes down to intended use and flavor preference. However, it’s become the standard to use fluoridated, anti-cavity toothpaste to kill cavity-causing bacteria. Schedule an appointment with your children’s dentist in Marble Falls if you have more questions on the subject!
About the Authors
Dr. Greg Ritchie earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed his one-year residency at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. To learn more about choosing the right toothpaste or The Ritchie Dental Group, contact at (830) 693-8833 or visit the website.