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How to Choose the Suitable Toothpaste

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Dr. Michael Han
How to Choose the Suitable ToothpasteToothpaste is an important component of your dental care routine. It can be hard to know what you should look for in toothpaste that will give you the best result. The toothpaste you choose should be able to leave your teeth feeling clean, remove plaque, deal with any sensitivity issues and whiten your teeth if that is what you are looking for. Finally, a great tip with any toothpaste is to not rinse your mouth after brushing to allow the chemicals in your toothpaste to achieve the best results.

Toothpaste Containing Fluoride

Fluoride is an important element that helps protect teeth. It strengthens the tooth enamel against attacks by bacteria, helping prevent the build-up of plaque and tooth decay. Fluoride is, therefore, one of the basic requirements to have in your toothpaste.

Toothpaste for Sensitive Gums and Teeth

Potassium Nitrate and Strontium Chloride are the ingredients that will help to alleviate tooth sensitivity, especially when taking hot and cold things. These two compounds form a block in the tooth, suppressing the passing of the sensation that causes tooth sensitivity.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste creates a whitening effect on teeth. Note that most toothpaste that claims to whiten teeth does not actually whiten teeth. However, toothpaste containing carbamide peroxide and calcium peroxide can eventually whiten your teeth as the two compounds are both bleaching agents.

Toothpaste Against Plaque

When plaque builds up on the tooth's enamel, it hardens and forms tartar, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. It is, therefore, important to ensure that your toothbrush effectively controls the build-up of bacteria. Pyrophosphates and Zinc Citrate are ingredients that you should look for in your toothpaste to help kill bacteria.


These are scratchy materials, or in this case ingredients, that can cause wear on the surface of your enamel, helping remove any stains, plaque or debris on your teeth. Some of these ingredients are silicates and calcium carbonates.


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