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There are many different toothpastes to choose from, which can make picking one out very difficult. What’s most important is making sure your toothpaste has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval on it. This seal means the product has been tested, its claims are legitimate and its ingredients are effective.

As long as the ADA seal is on your toothpaste, you can’t really go wrong. But if you have certain type of oral health issues, here are some tips on choosing specific toothpastes for your needs:

  • You have stained teeth: Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that help polish teeth and prevent the buildup of additional stains. Make sure that the whitening toothpaste contains modified silicone abrasives, which help whiten your teeth.
  • You are prone to cavities: If you struggle with cavities, which arrive because of built-up plaque and bacteria, you need to make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. It’s a natural cavity-fighter and will coat your teeth to protect them from bacteria.
  • You have sensitive teeth: Usually sensitive teeth are because of cavities, root infections, or brushing too hard, but some people naturally have more sensitive teeth. Make sure if you buy toothpaste for sensitive teeth that it contains desensitizing ingredients like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate, which help lessen your pain.
  • You want a natural product: You might not like using toothpaste with certain chemicals, so feel free to use a natural product like Tom’s of Maine, which has the ADA seal of approval for whitening and anti-cavity.

If you would like to learn more about oral health care or need to set-up a dental check-up, contact the friendly, experienced staff at the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today.