Toothpaste is toothpaste, right? Actually, there are subtle differences to know. Explore five common different types of toothpaste to see what makes them unique and which might be your best bet for brushing.
Sure, it comes in fun flavors like strawberry, but children’s toothpaste is actually different from adult toothpaste in other ways. This product is made with low fluoride or no fluoride, since too much fluoride can actually discolor children’s teeth. Children’s toothpastes are also formulated with fewer abrasive ingredients, to minimize injuries to the gums as a result of brushing. While kids toothpaste may come in flavors that seem very sweet, this is actually to encourage regular use among kids. Many children find traditional mint toothpaste to be too minty, and dislike using it.
Sensitive toothpaste is formulated for those whose teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or other sensations. While you should always see a dentist if your mouth is sensitive to temperatures, just to make sure there isn’t anything else going on, this toothpaste can reduce painful sensations within the mouth. That’s because it contains potassium nitrate, which reduces sensitivity.
If you’re someone who is concerned about additives and ingredients in food, herbal toothpaste, which may be called natural toothpaste, may appeal. It’s made with natural ingredients, such as baking soda, eucalyptus oil, or other natural oils. This type of toothpaste will not contain ingredients like fluoride or whitening agents, so may not be right for everyone.
If you want to get rid of tea and coffee stains, consider whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes work gradually over time. You’ll need to use them for at least two weeks, and up to six weeks, to notice a difference. Some products are formulated with a blue chemical which coat the teeth, counteracting yellow discoloration to make teeth appear white. If you choose one of these, you will see an immediate effect.
These products do tend to be more abrasive than other type of toothpaste, and your enamel can actually wear down over time. For this reason, we don’t recommend them for long-term use. The cleaner found in these products is more abrasive, as it is designed to release staining from the teeth. If you want brighter teeth without harming your enamel, you might be better served by a tooth whitening treatment.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
Made with sodium pyrophosphate and sodium hexametaphosphate, tartar control toothpaste will prevent tartar and gum stains. One thing this toothpaste can’t do is remove tartar that is already developed. If you have a problem with tartar, consider visiting the dentist first, then using this toothpaste to prevent the future buildup of tartar.
Talk to a Dentist
At Weninger Dentistry, we’re here for your oral hygiene. We’re always happy to talk about proper oral hygiene, flossing, or brushing techniques during your teeth cleanings. To schedule your next appointment and talk to our dentist about toothpaste, brushing, or anything else, reach out today.