Toothpaste has always had one main goal – to keep your teeth fresh and clean! But with the multitude of toothpastes on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Read on for a quick breakdown of all your toothpaste options.

Sensitive

Tooth sensitivity typically rears its ugly head when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. Sensitive toothpaste really helps with this painful issue! It works by blocking the nerve passageways within your teeth. When they’re blocked, you feel no pain. Look for toothpastes with the American Dental Association seal of approval.

If you notice tooth sensitivity, make sure to mention it to your Tampa dentist during your next exam. Some sensitivity issues stem from underlying health problems.

Tartar control

 As the name suggests, this type of toothpaste focuses on controlling tartar buildup on your teeth. Leftover plaque eventually becomes tartar buildup. Before plaque has the chance to harden, tartar control toothpaste swiftly removes it from your teeth.

If using tartar control toothpaste, just be aware that it will not help with any tartar that’s built up below your gum line. Tartar is difficult to remove, and normally requires a dental hygienist. When too much tartar develops, it can lead to gum disease.

Baking Soda

 A great option for cleaning surface stains, baking soda toothpaste is alkaline which makes it ideal for counteracting the acids from what you eat and drink, as well as the acidic bacteria that live inside your mouth. If you’re looking for a less abrasive toothpaste, one with baking soda may be your best bet.

Whitening

 Whitening toothpastes polish the surface stains off your teeth, causing them to appear whiter.

Remember, there is such a thing as “too-white” teeth. Not only do overly whitened teeth look bizarre, but the harsh chemicals used in some of those at-home products can wear away tooth enamel over time. The could also cause your teeth to take on a yellow appearance. The next time you see your Tampa dentist, ask him or her about your teeth whitening options.

 Children’s

 Sure, this type of toothpaste is adorable and tastes great, but it isn’t just all just for show. Children’s toothpaste legitimately contains the perfect amount of fluoride a child can tolerate. Most toothpastes are made for little ones aged 2 and older. Again, look for the American Dental Association seal which certifies certain toothpastes as safe for children.

For kids who love to snack on their toothpaste, try the training version. They’re created to be safe for ingestion!

Still unsure which toothpaste is best for you? Ask your Tampa dentist! Perhaps it’s time for a dental checkup? Book your appointment today!