It is common that not all products are created equally, and toothpaste is no exception. When picking a toothpaste, the options may seem limitless and could be daunting, but it is important to pick one that fits your needs. No matter what you’re looking for in a toothpaste, there is most likely one made for that exact need, and from many companies, so how do you choose?
When searching for your perfect toothpaste, you should always check certain qualifications to ensure your choice goes smoothly. Here are a few tips to make sure your toothpaste picking goes as smoothly as possible.
The first thing you should do is check for the American Dental Association seal. The ADA will not certify a dental product that is less than subpar. When the ADA certifies, or puts their seal on a toothpaste, they look for certain ingredients. One ingredient the ADA always looks for is fluoride. Also, the American Dental Association will not put their seal of approval on a toothpaste that has any ingredients that will promote tooth decay; these ingredients usually come in the form of flavoring. If a toothpaste will cause damage, the American Dental Association will not approve of it.
The next thing you should do is check the ingredients yourself. If you are specifically looking for a toothpaste that will control tartar or need one suitable for sensitivity, look at the active ingredients. It is important to check the active ingredients because you do not want something that will not fit your needs, or be abrasive to the teeth.
And finally, look at your toothpaste for SLS. SLS is sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a chemical sometimes added to toothpaste. SLS is an ingredient you do not want in your toothpaste, as it can cause sores in the mouth, especially if you have oral sensitivity. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming agent and allows water and oil based toothpastes to stay mixed. If you are prone to sensitive teeth and gums, stay away from SLS.
These are just a few tips and tricks to help you find a suitable toothpaste for your needs. If you are still struggling to find your best fit, it is always a good idea to contact your dentist. Your dentist and their team will be able to recommend the best toothpaste for you, based on your dental history.