With so many products on the market, how do you even begin to go about choosing the best toothpaste? At any given supermarket or pharmacy, you will find rows upon rows of dental products, each offering huge promises of being the best. There are the whitening and brightening toothpastes, promising a glowing smile. There are the natural toothpastes made from holistic ingredients. Then, there are the kinds of toothpaste that contain so-called miracle active ingredients that are sure to transform your smile. To find the best toothpaste for you and your family, it is best to know what to look for when making your selection.
Choosing the Best Toothpaste
There are a few ways that you could determine the best toothpaste. Ultimately, it comes down to first thinking about your overall dental needs as well as the health of your teeth and gums.
If your teeth are generally healthy and you are looking for a regular toothpaste that keeps them that way, you have a few options on offer. A standard toothpaste containing fluoride and other active ingredients will gently clean your teeth and gums every morning and evening. You could consider microbeads, different flavours, natural ingredients, and your own preferences as well. Whatever you choose, make sure that the toothpaste is manufactured and approved by the South African Dental Association. Natural and homemade toothpastes may seem like a good idea but they may not have the same quality and safety guarantees.
If your teeth are sensitive, look for toothpastes that are specially designed for sensitive teeth. These contain ingredients that reduce sensitivity. Wondering whether you have sensitive teeth? Sensitivity manifests in the form of pain or discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, or general discomfort that you may experience at any point in the day. Regular toothpaste can sometimes have a stronger taste that can increase that discomfort, while sensitive toothpastes are made to be gentle yet effective.
If you have discoloured teeth or you are wanting to restore your teeth whiteness, a whitening toothpaste is your best bet. This type of toothpaste contains bleaching agents that gently whiten every time you brush. They will not work on all discolourations, however. If you have dental implants, they may whiten your natural tooth and not the implants, which can also end up with a less than desired result. Speak to your dentist or oral hygienist to get advice on tooth whitening.
If you have kids, it is essential that you choose a toothpaste that is made for children. These toothpastes are gentler than regular toothpaste. Many are subtly flavoured and coloured to make tooth brushing more fun. This is a great way to get your kids into a healthy dental routine from a young age, by making tooth brushing something to look forward to each morning and evening. Look for cute toothbrushes to add to the experience.
Contact Gateway Dental today to book your appointment with our dentists in Durban. We will advise on our best toothpaste suggestions and help you get your best smile.