Toothpaste comes in a wide variety of types which offer many benefits. Toothpaste for children is no different and comes in a wide variety of types and flavors. Choosing the right toothpaste for you and your family is important. Having the facts will help you choose the correct toothpaste and get the most out of it.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and helps strengthen and protect your teeth. It does this by a process called remineralization which is a fancy name for hardening the outer enamel of your teeth. Adults and children over six can benefit from using a fluoride toothpaste. People who are at risk for tooth decay benefit greatly from a fluoride toothpaste.
Lots of great flavors and colors make brushing your child’s teeth an enjoyable experience. Use safe to swallow toothpaste if your child is under two years of age. You only need a very small smear on their toothbrush, and supervise their brushing until you feel comfortable in their skills. Unless your doctor recommends it, look for fluoride-free toothpaste for children under six.
The bacteria on your teeth produce a sticky substance called plaque. If left on your teeth the plaque hardens and becomes tartar. Once it forms on the teeth, only a professional cleaning can remove it. But you can help prevent it by using a tartar control toothpaste. By controlling the amount of tartar buildup, you are also preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have ever experienced pain or discomfort while eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages, you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitivity is usually caused by an exposed tooth root or weakened enamel. If the enamel of your teeth is weak, the small canals, or tubules, are exposed and let the cold or hot foods or beverages reach the root of your teeth. This can cause pain and discomfort. A toothpaste for sensitive teeth helps to desensitize the tooth over time.
Breath Freshening and Whitening Toothpastes
Most toothpaste will freshen your breath. One of the ways to freshen your breath is to gently brush your tongue. Whitening toothpastes help make your teeth look whiter and brighter. While professional whitening will lift the brightness of your teeth several levels, whitening toothpastes are a wonderful way to maintain your white smile. Whitening toothpastes may use hydrogen peroxide or baking soda to brighten your teeth. Look for a whitening toothpaste which freshens your breath, prevents tooth decay, and freshens your breath for a “triple threat” benefit.
If you are confused about which type of toothpaste is best for you, call or contact us today. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment so you can talk to Dr. Taylor about your options.