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It’s no fun to go to the dentist and hear that you have more cavities, or that you have gum disease. For those who struggle with cavities or gum disease, it can be hard to know which toothpaste is best to prevent them, so here are some tips:

Toothpaste for the Cavity-Prone

The best toothpaste for those who struggle with cavities is one that has high fluoride content. Cavities are spots of demineralization that are created in your teeth when bacteria releases acids. Fluoride is a very hard mineral that can fill in these spots and harden the surface of the enamel.

If you are prone to cavities, don’t use a tartar-control toothpaste because that toothpaste stops minerals from forming on your teeth. If you have cavities, you want good minerals to fill in the holes in your teeth like fluoride.

Toothpaste for the Gum Disease-Prone

For those who struggle with gum disease, you should do the opposite of those that get  cavities. You actually should use tartar-control toothpaste, and not toothpaste with high fluoride content.

Gum disease is caused by tartar build-up, which are mineral deposits that form on the surface of the teeth. Fluoride adds mineral to teeth in mouths that are prone to developing cavities. But for a mouth that already has too much mineral content, adding fluoride encourages more tartar and more gum disease-causing bacteria.

The gum disease prone should instead focus on stopping mineral development on teeth through a tartar-control toothpaste.

If you are not sure which toothpaste is best for you, or if you have any other oral health questions, we are happy to help. Contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.