The Best Toothpaste for the Three Most Common Dental Issues
October 5, 2018
Picking the right toothpaste can be tricky, especially with so many on the market all claiming to do similar things. While these toothpastes do have some of the same ingredients, the amounts of these ingredients differ. No mouths the same, and they require a different toothpaste and ratio of ingredients to care for them. We’ve selected three of the most common dental issues and suggested what to look for when selecting a toothpaste to correct these issues.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by weakening tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste to prevent enamel depreciation, it is best to find one with high levels of potassium nitrate and fluoride. Potassium nitrate fills cracks in damaged teeth and offers immediate relief. Fluoride will help restore tooth enamel and protect against future cavities and acute pain from heat, cold, or sugars, and from chronic aching.
There are two types of teeth discoloration: Extrinsic and Intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are caused by trapped bacteria and plaque. Mild consumption of coffee, tea, wine and light smoking can lead to these types of stains. The best way to remove them is with a whitening toothpaste. Intrinsic stains are internal discoloration caused by heavy smoking, heavy coffee drinking, and certain antibiotics. Intrinsic stains cannot be removed via toothpaste, and may require in-office teeth whitening or veneers.
Gum Recession can be caused by bacteria, gingivitis, poor brushing, and age. High levels of alcohol in toothpaste and mouthwashes can further gum recession. The alcohol can dry the mouth which leads to accelerated levels of bacteria. Be sure to look for a toothpaste that targets gingivitis and bacteria to fight against further gum recession.
Your mouth is unique and requires special care. If you are suffering from any of these issues, you may want to consider choosing a toothpaste that will help correct them. It is always best to check with your dentist to learn which toothpaste is best for you. Scheduling an appointment and following this guide are great ways to start the toothpaste selection process.