Are You Using The Right Toothpaste?

toothpsteDo you put much thought into the toothpaste you choose or do you just grab one and throw it into your shopping cart? There are so many different toothpaste brands and types it can make your head spin. If you are more concerned with whitening over periodontal disease than it can be easy, just choose a whitening paste. However, if you have other issues what should you do? Today we are going to help you choose a toothpaste that is right for you.


There are a variety of toothpastes on the market for whatever oral health issue you may be suffering from:

Fluoridated toothpaste: Everyone ages six and above should use fluoridated toothpaste. It strengthens and remineralizes tooth enamel helping to protect your teeth from cavities.

Whitening toothpaste: Whitening pastes contain special abrasives, detergents, and other ingredients to help whiten teeth and remove tooth stains.

Smoker’s toothpaste: Smoker’s pastes contain ingredients specially designed to remove tar stains due to sucking tobacco smoke into your mouth and through your teeth.

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth: Toothpastes for sensitive teeth usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride which help reduce sensitivity to hot and cold substances.

Toothpastes to help treat periodontal disease: For individuals with gingivitis or other stages of periodontal disease these toothpastes contain ingredients to help control excessive tartar buildup such as zinc citrate, pyrophosphates, and triclosan.

When choosing a toothpaste, look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. This indicates that the product underwent voluntary testing for safety and effectiveness. The ADA also recommends brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and attending regularly scheduled dental examinations regardless of what toothpaste you use.

About your Des Moines Dentist

The Gateway Dental Group provides comprehensive dental treatments including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Burds also has extensive experience helping his patients suffering from sleep disorders obtain restful sleep via oral appliance therapy. You can contact Dr. Stephen J. Burds office at 515-442-5659. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.