It is pretty overwhelming when perusing the toothpaste aisle. How do you go about selecting the correct product? Really focusing on the status of your oral cavity can assist you to know which would be better for you. Here are some helpful tips when looking for the proper paste. . .

Most people purchase whitening toothpastes nowadays.  These pastes are very abrasive due to the silica that is in the product.  Be mindful that these pastes can brighten those teeth but can also cause sensitivity.

If you have sensitivity due to recession of the gums or just have teeth that cringe at the sight of ice cream, a good product to look for is one containing potassium nitrate.  This ingredient can be found in brands such as Sensodyne.  Also, if you have crowns or veneers on those front choppers, a low abrasive toothpaste such as Sensodyne will not scratch up your investment!  Prescription strength toothpastes can also do the job.  Seek a toothpaste from your dental professional such as Fluoridex or Prevident which will also help to fight off those sugar bugs!

If you feel that you have a lot of plaque build up (or your dental professional has mentioned it to you in the past) there are many ingredients that can aid in the reduction of that bacteria.  There are natural products such as tea tree oil, myrrh and other essential oils that work very well.  If you are looking for a mainstream product, you can find Triclosan in Colgate Total. Listerine also carries essential oils for plaque reduction in both a regular alcohol based formulation as well as a non-alcohol (less burning sensation).

If you happen to notice particles that reside in the mouth after brushing, you might have a sensitivity to a product called Sodium Laurel Sulfate.  Many people do have an allergy to this and do not even know it.  A few toothpastes without this product are Sensodyne ProNamel and there are also prescription pastes that leave that ingredient out.

If you happen to have a lot of fillings or crowns in your mouth or gum recession, there are a few things to consider.  Using a prescription toothpaste would be very valuable to help maintain those restorations and to prevent future restorations.

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