Forums Expat Q&A The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Toothpaste

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      Grace Ordonez

      A wise article written by a dentist in Las Vegas
      First and foremost, think of toothpaste as you would think of a buying a suitable clothing item – it has to be in proper size and of individual style. Every person is different, and so is every mouth specific and unique. No toothpaste can address the needs of every individual person. Here is a list of types of toothpaste we hope will help you make a good decision when shopping for toothpaste:
      Tartar control toothpaste: If you have difficulties with buildup of tartar on your teeth and gums and you want to prevent any further build up, this type might be right for you. A reminder in case you have forgotten: tartar is basically the plaque that wasn’t removed from the teeth and has now hardened onto them. If too much tartar builds up under your gums, it is a potential danger of gum disease. Most of these types of toothpaste have fluoride implemented, but also other useful ingredients.
      Baking soda toothpaste: the name really clarifies it about this type of toothpaste. Also, if you prefer a different flavor than typical mint varieties, baking soda toothpaste might be an option. Baking soda based toothpaste is great for effectively removing any surface stains. It will help reduce gum irritation and pain, and it is definitely less abrasive than other types.
      Sensitive teeth toothpaste: If you experience sharp pain when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks, sensitive teeth toothpaste and its active ingredients will help desensitize the nerve endings and reduce tooth sensitivity. They are also less abrasive and designed to be gentle to your teeth and gums.
      Teeth whitening toothpaste: A very controversial topic – do they really whiten teeth? Well, different types vary in results and strength. The key ingredients of most types of whitening toothpaste are hydrogen peroxide or calcium peroxide, and they are both highly abrasive. That is why dentists consider many of them too harsh for teeth. And the constant use of this type might cause tooth sensitivity. And most importantly – they do not actually whiten your teeth, they only polish them by removing surface stains. Before buying teeth whitening toothpaste, keep in mind that some brands are too aggressive and may damage your teeth. And definitely consult your dentist first.
      Children’s toothpaste: Since children aren’t big fans of mint or baking soda flavor, a special type of toothpaste has been designed for children to make your job as parent easier and the child’s brushing routine more enjoyable, and of course, fruity, sweet and tasty. You can find many fruit flavored types your child will like. Toothpaste for children is made will less fluoride because fluoride can cause stains on developing adult teeth.
      Brushing the teeth with toothpaste that suits your needs best, as well as flossing and using a mouthwash are all essential parts of a daily dental hygiene that will result in healthy and pearly white teeth.

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