Oral hygiene must be part of our daily routine, but we often get confused about choosing the products we should use. People usually do not pay much heed when choosing their toothpaste, but remember, it is equally important to use good quality bristled toothbrushes and toothpaste. Often people compromise on one of the other without realizing its long-term benefits. Sometimes, children hate the taste or smell of toothpaste and avoid toothbrushing. It is essential to develop a habit of using good quality toothbrushes and toothpaste, so they do not have tooth decay.
Some of the things you must keep in mind the next time you visit the store to pick up toothpaste for yourself or your family.
ADA approved – The first thing you should always check in your toothpaste is American Dental Association (ADA) Approved. Some toothpaste has ADA seal approval. It contains fluoride, active ingredients to improve oral health, is free from flavoring agents that can contribute to tooth decay, and has scientific evidence that it is safe and effective. However, not all good brands carry the ADA seal, but still, it would be great to consider some of these specifications while going for your toothpaste.
Fluoride – A natural mineral that protects against tooth decay and fights cavities. Research suggests that fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water has helped reduce dental cavities. It is safe and effective, and most dentists consider it an essential ingredient in toothpaste. However, some prefer to avoid fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water, so in that case, it is better to go for natural toothpaste.
Read the labels – It is advisable to read them as not all kinds of toothpaste are suitable for everyone, including children. It would be great if people were aware of the flavors or sweetener ingredients to help them choose accordingly, as they might be sensitive to some components.
Dental problems – Choose toothpaste to meet your requirements based on your dental issues. Desensitizing toothpaste consists of components such as potassium nitrate that can block parts of the teeth to stop pain signals.
Prescription toothpaste – You may also ask for prescription toothpaste for your sensitive teeth. If hot and cold beverages are too much for your teeth, asking the dentist to prescribe one can be a good option.
RDA level – Checking the RDA levels is crucial. All ADA-approved toothpaste must contain a Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) level of 250 or less. If the toothpaste has a higher RDA, it can damage the teeth. If you are in doubt, go for ADA-approved toothpaste.
Tartar protection – Tartar can damage your teeth and can cause bad breath. Toothpaste can protect your teeth from tartar, a calcified plaque, hard mineral deposit that can form on your teeth.
If you are still in two minds about your toothpaste and need a prescription, we can help schedule your visit to check your dental health. Reach out to us at (925) 961-5484.