1. Most name brands use similar ingredients, so the important component is actually the seal of approval from the American Dental Association. All toothpastes that meet the ADA’s standards for maintaining healthy teeth carry the seal. Look for it, particularly when purchasing off brand pastes and gels.
2. Everyone’s oral healthcare needs are a little different. Whether you’re looking for a whiter smile or something to help minimize sensitivity, there are options that fit those and many other needs.
3. Flaking or peeling of gums could mean an allergic reaction to the toothpaste. Check with your dentist if you have these symptoms or extreme sensitivity. Sometimes just making a simple toothpaste switch can solve the problem.
4. Toothpaste or mouthwash that includes fluoride is important for keeping teeth strong. However young children have different fluoride needs. If they’re under two, fluoridated toothpastes should not be used. If they’re under six, they also shouldn’t be using fluoridated mouthwashes.
5. Pastes and gels offer the same benefits, as do the various flavors. So choose whichever type and flavor that you’ll enjoy using every day.
6. Even if you’ve checked into all of the above recommendations, the choices can still be overwhelming when looking for the right toothpaste. Ask us (323) 850-7007 – and we will be happy to nail down your needs and preferences to come up with the ideal fit.