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What Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use

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With so many different types of toothpaste on the market it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what the best option for you is. We like to keep it simple and recommend a regular “cavity protection” fluoridated toothpaste. They are usually the cheapest type at the store and do not contain a lot of the other “junk” that most toothpastes these days have. We do not recommend any whitening/tartar control, or “total” toothpastes as these can be quite abrasive and can lead to tooth sensitivity and sometimes gum and tissue irritation. 

If you experience sensitive teeth try sensitivity toothpaste. We highly recommend any Sensodyne toothpaste as long as it is not whitening toothpaste or one that contains that baking soda as these types lessen the effectiveness of anti-sensitivity agents. Currently, the ones we find with the best results are Sensodyne Rapid Relief and Pro-Namel.

For those with diets high in acidity (consuming a lot of fruit/ fruit juice, pop, wine) or problems with acid- reflux we recommend Pro-Namel toothpaste which is designed to help protect against acid erosion and promote remineralization of enamel making it more resistant to future attacks. It also has a neutral PH to minimize the acidity in the mouth.

If you have a young child we do not recommend they use a fluoridated toothpaste until they can spit out effectively (usually around age 6). Colgate “My First” is a non-fluoridated toothpaste. 

Most toothpaste contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which is a foaming agent (i.e. detergent). This can sometimes cause gum and tissue irritation and can trigger canker and cold sores in those prone to them. Pro-Namel and Sensodyne Rapid Relief are the most readily available toothpastes that do not contain SLS.

 
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