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How to choose your toothpaste

There is an abundance of toothpaste nowadays, with different tastes and various purposes depending on your needs.

The Canadian Dental Association recommends using less toothpaste. Some kinds of toothpaste can be dangerous if used by the wrong people. Patients with gingivitis or dental hypersensitivity should use specialized toothpaste.

In this article, our dentists will give you their best advice for choosing the right toothpaste for you!

Choose toothpaste according to your age

There is no absolute recommendation for a healthy adult with good oral hygiene on what toothpaste to use. For older people or children, there are more suitable products.

We recommend that you visit your dentist regularly for a dental check-up to ensure that you choose the best toothpaste for your teeth. Your dentist will be your best advisor.

Choosing toothpaste for seniors

Seniors’ teeth are often very fragile. That’s why it is recommended to use fluoridated toothpaste.

Fluoride toothpaste will prevent dry mouth, protecting the teeth and offering an antiseptic action to patients prone to cavities or gum disease (periodontal disease).

Please contact our dentists if you have any questions about using this product.

Choosing toothpaste for children

Excessive fluoride in babies and young children can cause fluorosis. Before two years of age, it is recommended to clean your child’s teeth with fluoride-free toothpaste. Choose a “no fluoride baby” toothpaste.

You can use toothpaste from the age of three that contains a small amount of fluoride. As children grow older, the amount of fluoride can be increased.

Choose a toothpaste according to your needs

Whether you suffer from gum pain, dental hypersensitivity, or want whiter teeth, there is a toothpaste made for you.

Many kinds of toothpaste have beneficial effects and are suitable for treating oral problems. The best way to choose your toothpaste is to ask your dentist!

Whitening toothpaste

Even though many people consider whitening toothpaste an excellent way to make their teeth whiter, the reality is quite different.

These products should be better classified as “lightening toothpaste.” The ingredients used in whitening toothpaste remove stains from excessive coffee, tea, or tobacco consumption.

Be careful not to overuse these kinds of toothpaste since they have a high abrasive impact. More effective methods are available to help you with teeth whitening.

Charcoal toothpaste

Charcoal toothpaste has taken an important role in whitening toothpaste in the past few years.  It is effective as the results achieved are comparable to sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).

Cleaning teeth with charcoal toothpaste needs to be occasional to avoid any teeth discoloration. Note that long-term and repeated use of this toothpaste can lead to the opposite effect to what you expect. For more information, please contact a professional.

Toothpaste for sensitive gums

If you are prone to bleeding while brushing your teeth and your gums are irritating you, then it’s recommended to consult your dentist as soon as possible to perform gum care if needed. Based on your gums’ sensitivity, you could experience many dental problems like periodontitis.

Using a specific toothpaste can help soothe sensitive gums and reduce the risk of gingivitis. Most of these products contain soothing and healing ingredients.

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth

If you have sensitive gums, chances are your teeth are sensitive too, and you may be suffering from dental hypersensitivity. This hypersensitivity is usually caused by eating certain types of food or by cold. As such, there are certain foods to avoid for people with sensitive teeth.

Selecting the right toothpaste to reduce this sensitivity will make a difference. It is highly recommended not to choose a whitening or overly abrasive toothpaste. This could worsen your dental hypersensitivity. Instead, choose a special toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Your dentist is the best person to advise you on choosing the right toothpaste.

Fluoride or “anti-cavity” toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is beneficial for your oral health as this element is naturally present in your teeth. It strengthens the structure of the tooth enamel.

If you get cavities quite often, choose fluoride toothpaste, which usually contains up to 1500 ppm (parts per million). Regular teeth cleanings and check-ups are the best practice to prevent cavities.

Natural toothpaste

In addition to various kinds of toothpaste, there are also other more natural options. Organic toothpaste is just as effective as traditional toothpaste but contains less harmful ingredients.

If you wish, you can make your own homemade toothpaste!  This way you can control the ingredients in your toothpaste yourself.

Choose the right toothpaste with help from Clinique Dentaire 1935

There are many kinds of toothpaste, depending on your age, dental history, and personal preferences.

We encourage you to contact your dentist to get personalized suggestions about the toothpaste you should use to avoid potential dental emergencies.

Our Montreal dentists at Clinique Dentaire 1935 will answer all your questions.

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