Is it ever overwhelming to go to the store and see all of the options of toothpaste? Which one do you choose? Does it really matter or do they all do the exact same thing? These are valid questions. If you’ve ever wondered about these yourself here is a helpful guide to buying toothpaste.

Fluoride

Because fluoride has been proven to help prevent cavities, it can be found in almost any toothpaste you pick up at the store. It still doesn’t hurt to make sure the toothpaste you’re using contains fluoride so you can help your teeth have the best health possible.

Read the Label

Make sure you always read the label especially before giving toothpaste to your children. Some pastes have been marked for use only by adults because some of the ingredients can be harmful if ingested. It is also a good idea to check and make sure there aren’t any ingredients that you might be sensitive to.

Natural Toothpaste

If you choose to use natural toothpaste keep in mind that most of them do not have fluoride as one of their ingredients. As discussed before fluoride has been proven to help reduce the risk of getting cavities. Also, make sure you understand what all of the ingredients are that are in your natural toothpaste. While none of the ingredients may be proven to be harmful they might not have been tested to actually be considered safe.

ADA Approved

The ADA is the American Dental Association. In order for a toothpaste brand to carry the ADA seal, they have to be affiliated with the association and have past their stringent requirements. If you want to know what toothpaste professionals have given their stamp of approval on, look for “ADA” on the box.

Teeth Whitening

There is a debate as to whether teeth whitening toothpaste is worth it. Some dentists say that the amount of peroxide contained in some whitening toothpaste can actually damage your gums. If you have a sensitive mouth the whitening ingredients can cause you to have a reaction. If you’d like a whiter smile, but can’t handle the whitening toothpaste, talk with your dentist about alternative whitening options.

Dentist

Some people struggle with overly sensitive teeth or receding gum lines. If this sounds familiar then you should speak with your dentist about what type of toothpaste is best for you. They may recommend a certain category of toothpaste for you that will best meet your specific needs. There might even be a good prescription toothpaste that they recommend.

Amount

If you find that you and your family are cruising through toothpaste faster than you can keep it in the house, it might be because everyone is using a little too much paste. Sure it looks pretty to put a perfect swoop of past on your toothbrush, but you really don’t need that much. In fact, specialists suggest that you only need a dab of toothpaste about the size of a pea to fully clean your teeth.

Hopefully, this list will make your next trip to purchase toothpaste a little less stressful and a bit more straightforward. Now you can feel confident in your purchase.