Choosing the right toothpaste and toothbrush is not rocket science, but all the brands and models available can make it confusing. Having the proper toothbrush and toothpaste for your needs is an especially important part of your oral hygiene routine. Read on for a few helpful tips for the next time you find yourself in the toothpaste aisle.
Choosing the right toothpaste
Do you ever find yourself staring at all those boxes of toothpaste and wondering which one would work best for you? On top of the colourful packaging, the various marketing claims can be confusing. Are they even true? Cavity fighting, protection against gingivitis, for sensitive teeth, whitening, breath freshening . . . the list goes on. Basically, they will all help fight cavities because, when used properly, they remove plaque. Whichever you pick, the best thing to look for is that it contains fluoride. The use of fluoride in oral hygiene is backed by both the Canadian Dental Association and Health Canada. Fluoride is an important ingredient as it helps protect tooth enamel from decay.
Above all, you should pick a toothpaste you or your children like. Because if you like it and it encourages you or your little ones to brush, then that is a good thing!
Whitening toothpaste, enamel protection and sensitive teeth
People often wonder if whitening toothpaste really works. While they may remove surface stains, they will not make teeth whiter than they were before discolouration. They do not have enough whitening ingredients to produce noticeable short-term results. Furthermore, extensive use of whitening toothpastes can cause tooth sensitivity. For noticeable results, consider whitening kits or treatments with your dentist.
Toothpastes that claim to restore enamel will only help restore enamel that has not decayed yet. If decay is present, these products will not work.
Almost every brand has a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. On top of over-the-counter brands, there are also prescription toothpastes for sensitive teeth. These products do help with sensitivity as it is usually caused by gums that have receded. This means that the root may be slightly exposed. As such, eating cold or sugary foods can stimulate the root and nerve inside the tooth. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth help block that stimuli.
Picking the right toothbrush
Do you have a favourite brand? Or do you shop for what is on sale? Whichever it is, picking the right toothbrush is an important part of your oral health. Things to consider:
- Pick soft bristles: The Canadian Dental Association recommends getting a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles and brushing gently. Brushing too hard can wear gums and cause tooth sensitivity.
- Choose the right size head: Pick a toothbrush with a head that fits comfortably into your mouth. You also want to be able to reach your back molars properly. Ask your dentist to suggest the best model for you.
- Pick a suitable size for babies and smaller children: as your little ones have smaller teeth and mouths, choose age-appropriate sizes.
- Replace your toothbrush frequently: Remember to replace your toothbrush and your child’s toothbrush every three months or when bristles are worn.
- Do consider an electric toothbrush: if you suffer from arthritis or other condition that makes holding a toothbrush difficult or uncomfortable, consider switching to a powered model. Electric toothbrushes do a great job cleaning teeth and are often easier to hold. It is really a great tool to help you stay motivated and efficient!
Picking the right toothpaste and toothbrush for your needs is important. However, oral health is more than just brushing twice a day. You also need to floss daily, eat a healthy diet and visit your dentist regularly. To make an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam, please contact us today.