Toothpaste Guide: Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

There are hundreds off different branded toothpastes on the market. Each with different variations and all offering the best solution for a variety of different dental care factors such as heightened enamel care, faster whitening action or advanced gum protection.
So which toothpaste should you and your family use?

It’s important to remember that with any toothpaste, it is best to brush your teeth at least twice a day to reap the rewards and keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Children’s Toothpastes

A regular teeth-brushing system is essential for instilling good practices into your child’s daily routine. Although sometimes thought otherwise – children can use the same toothpaste as the rest of the family, which usually contains around 1,000ppm fluoride. It’s important to make sure however that they don’t lick, eat and swallow the toothpaste. Try and encourage them to not rinse their mouth afterwards with lots of water, as this can wash away the fluoride, reducing the benefits that this can have on your teeth.

However, if your children are finding it hard to get into the habit of brushing their teeth – with the same toothpaste that the adults are using- try to introduce children’s toothpaste to them. Children’s toothpaste normally contains sweet and fruitier flavours which is usually more appealing to children. Also if swallowed, because children’s toothpaste contains lower amounts of fluoride, your children’s body will be able to digest it a little easier.

It’s also important to try and supervise your children when they are brushing their teeth. This way you can make sure that they have the right technique in place, and that they are brushing for around 2 minutes each time.

Whitening Toothpastes

It’s important to take into consideration that whitening toothpastes may not be for you if you have sensitive teeth – this also applies to children also. Because of the larger abrasive particles that are often introduced into whitening toothpastes, teeth which are effected by sensitivity, or that are not fully developed may become irritated or feel some discomfort. Whitening toothpastes can often increase the appearance of a whiter and brighter smile. They do have some limitations in regards to reducing the enamel stains itself. If this is the case for you and you are still finding that you have introduced a good oral health routine, but you aren’t quite seeing the whitening results you want. Why not contact us or take a look at our in-house ZOOM Tooth Whitening treatment we offer at Berry Lane Dental Surgery in Longridge, Preston?

Toothpastes to help Sensitive Teeth

Struggling with sensitive teeth can be such a pain. Toothpastes aimed at reducing the sensitivity of your teeth, have now been widely introduced and are available from pretty much any supermarket or pharmacy. Most toothpastes for sensitive teeth work by introducing ingredients that make exposed nerve endings less responsive. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth can often work wonders for many, although it is important to know that these toothpastes are aimed at reducing sensitivity in mild to moderate cases and act as a complimentary treatment to long term fixes such as white fillings.

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