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Brushing your teeth on a daily basis is vital to maintaining proper oral health. Choosing toothpaste is an easy task for anyone, but why is there always an overwhelming amount of choices and what do they all mean? Are you wanting to whiten your teeth, protect against tartar and plaque, or freshen breath? The type of toothpaste you choose should be geared towards your particular oral health problems. Below, we have put together a little cheat sheet to help you when it comes time to buy your next tube!

Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

For starters, let’s talk about fluoride and what is actually does for your teeth. Fluoride is in virtually all toothpaste, as it is mainly used to clean your teeth. In addition to cleaning your teeth, it is also used to help strengthen your enamel, which is the outer layer of your teeth. If you choose to go more natural with your toothpaste, there are fluoride-free versions as well.

Recommendations for you to try: Tom All Natural of Maine and Burt’s Bee’s fluoride free

Sensitive Teeth

If you are sensitive to temperatures, it is important to choose toothpaste made for sensitive teeth to help reduce the pain level. Toothpaste made for sensitivity has special ingredients that are used to block nerve pathways and prevent further irritation. In addition to choosing sensitive toothpaste, it is also recommended you visit your Alpharetta dentist as soon as possible for a checkup and additional recommendations.

Recommendations for you to try: Sensodyne, Colgate Maximum Strength Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste, and Crest Pro-Health Fluoride Toothpaste

Bright White Teeth

Everyone ideally wants to have a brighter, whiter smile and achieving that with toothpaste can be challenging with the overwhelming amount of options. Whitening toothpaste does not use dental bleach to whiten your teeth. They simply use an ingredient that brushes away stains and coloring particles from your teeth. If you are looking for something to brighten your teeth and do not wish to have them whitened professionally, the following recommendations have been found to be the most effective.

Recommendations for you to try: Luster White 7 toothpaste, Rembrandt, Colgate and Crest

Strengthening Your Enamel

Having healthy enamel is very important to maintaining proper oral hygiene. It is as simple as properly brushing your teeth two times per day, using the correct strengthening toothpaste, and flossing daily. By choosing strengthening toothpaste, you are fighting off tartar and daily bacteria that could lead to further oral problems. Take care of your teeth while they are healthy now and save yourself money and from oral troubles down the road by investing in something as small as your toothpaste.

Recommendations for you to try: Colgate total enamel strength, Arm & Hammer, and Crest

Now that you get the gist of your toothpaste options, it’s time to choose which one will work best for you. Maintaining proper oral care is as easy as your daily cleanings and visiting your professional Alpharetta dentist annually. For additional advice or recommendations, feel free to contact our Alpharetta location and schedule an appointment today.