There are thousands of different brands, types, and styles of toothpaste out there. So, which one should you choose? A natural, herbal toothpaste? Charcoal whitening toothpaste? A tube of your standard Crest or Colgate? In this article, we’ll give you some quick tips to help you choose.
1. Skip “Natural” or “Herbal” Toothpastes Unless They Contain Fluoride
For the most part, toothpaste that is advertised as “natural” or “herbal” does not contain any fluoride.
While there are a lot of around fluoride, the facts are clear. Not only is fluoride 100% safe when used as directed, it’s one of the most essential minerals for your oral health.
If you pick a toothpaste without fluoride, you’re putting yourself and your teeth in danger. A toothpaste that’s “natural” or uses organic ingredients is a fine choice for the eco-conscious, but make sure it has fluoride.
2. Don’t Use Charcoal Toothpaste (Seriously)
Brushing your teeth with charcoal is essentially the same thing as taking a piece of sandpaper and grinding it across your teeth. Doesn’t sound pleasant, does it?
It’s not, and it damages your teeth. Though activated charcoal is advertised as a safe, natural way to whiten teeth, it isn’t. Long-term use of charcoal toothpaste will destroy your tooth enamel and harm your oral health.
3. Consider Your Individual Dental Needs
Do you want a whitening toothpaste? Do you have sensitive teeth? Interested in more tartar protection? Do you need to protect your gum health?
There are toothpaste formulations for each one of these things. Do some thinking and consider your own preferences and dental needs. This will help you choose a toothpaste.
4. Choose A Trusted and Well-Known Brand
You can’t go wrong with reliable brands like Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne, and other ADA-approved toothpastes, so this is where we recommend you start. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a different brand, but make sure it’s ADA-approved and/or recommended by your dentist.
Still Don’t Know? Ask Your Dentist!
Having trouble finding the right toothpaste? Nobody will be able to give you a better recommendation than your dentist. Ask them about what they would recommend for your particular oral care needs and follow their advice. You’ll get the best toothpaste, guaranteed.