Becoming overwhelmed in the toothpaste aisle at the store is something that happens to a lot of people. With so many choices, brands, flavors, etc. how do you choose the right one? Which toothpaste do you need to stay away from, and which one is good for the whole family? One of the most important aspects of total oral care is the toothpaste that you choose. When you brush your teeth the recommended times per day, having the wrong toothpaste can really decrease the overall health of your teeth and mouth. There is such thing as the right toothpaste and your local Smithville dentist at Smithville Family Dentistry can help you choose the right one.

Now is the time to think about the first step in your oral care routine. The right toothpaste can make all of the difference, so choose wisely. Here are a list of must-haves for your next toothpaste selection:

  • American Dental Association (ADA) seal. If your toothpaste lacks the ADA seal, it is not a good choice for you or your family.
  • Fluoride: Check the ingredients. If your normal toothpaste does not contain fluoride, put it back and choose another. Fluoride helps prevent dental decay by strengthening the enamel of the teeth, so this is a very important ingredient.
  • Anti-gingivitis properties: Gingivitis is a very real concern, so the right toothpaste will help protect against gingivitis. Toothpastes with anti-gingivitis properties will help kill bacteria within the mouth.  
  • Tartar-controlling: Toothpastes that have this property will help decrease tartar buildup on teeth with regular use.

If you are still having trouble finding the right toothpaste for you and your family it is time to contact a Smithville dentist at Smithville Family Dentistry. We have answers to your most pressing questions, and want to ensure that your family does not suffer any ill oral effects caused by improper toothpaste choices.