The Right Toothpaste For Your Teeth

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 Your dentist will recommend the best type of toothpaste for you. There are different types of toothpastes available – from toothpastes for sensitive teeth to toothpastes for smokers. We take a look at what each does in more detail.

Whitening Toothpastes
Whitening toothpastes may be helpful, if you’re worried about stains on your teeth. But bear in mind, if you choose to use a whitening toothpaste it’ll only help restore the natural and original shade of your teeth. If you’re a smoker, your dentist can recommend a toothpaste that is designed to combat staining caused by smoking, too. Some toothpastes have formulas that contain baking soda to get rid of stains, others contain peroxide to whiten teeth.

Do bear in mind that many whitening toothpastes contain harmful abrasives to scrub away stains. Anything strong enough to do that can also scrub away some of your enamel, too.

Sensitive Teeth
The most common form of sensitive teeth comes from a weak tooth enamel or from exposed tooth roots. Therefore, if you suffer from sensitive teeth, there are toothpastes you can use that can help combat the pain because they contain desensitising agents. You can be sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. In fact, if you feel a sharp pain when consuming those foods and drinks, you may have dentine hypersensitivity. As a matter of fact, not speaking to your dentist can keep you in pain, so the next time you have a check-up make sure you mention it to them!

Children’s Toothpastes
With the variety of toothpastes available nowadays, you can now make brushing teeth exciting for your children. There are many flavours and child-friendly toothpastes out there which will have your children brushing their teeth in no time! Therefore here are a couple of things that you should bear in mind:

  1. For children under the age of two, choose swallow-friendly toothpastes without flouride
  2. Use a small amount of toothpaste – the size of a grain of rice for children under three and a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six.

Unsure about your dental health? Find your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic to book an appointment.

A version of this blog post first appeared in the Bolton News in February 2017.

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