There are so many brands of toothpaste on the market, it can be very confusing to choose one. Each brand may offer several different types of toothpaste, making its own claims as to their effectiveness. There are toothpastes that claim on their packaging to whiten teeth, combat bad breath, reduce cavities and on and on. So does it really matter which one you choose? Yes, it does.

How to Choose the Best Toothpaste

The first thing to look for when you buy your toothpaste is the American Dental Association (ADA) seal. If you see this seal, you know that the product has been rigorously tested and that the claims on the packaging meet the ADA’s standards. That being said, how many of the toothpaste’s features do you really need and can some be unnecessary or harmful?

There is some controversy over toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth. It has been found that the added abrasives and bleaching agents can cause sensitivity and overuse can even damage teeth. With proper brushing, flossing and rinsing at least twice a day and avoiding foods and drinks that can stain teeth, you probably will not need to consider a whitener. You may also wish to consider professional teeth whitening in Atlanta by your dentist at Downtown Atlanta Dentistry.

It is also important to decide if you should buy toothpaste that contains fluoride. Often our drinking water is treated with fluoride and, in that case, you should not need additional fluoride in your toothpaste. But if you live in a rural area and your water is untreated, brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride can help reduce dental decay. Your Atlanta dentist can also offer you fluoride treatments.

If you find that your teeth or gums are sensitive, there are toothpastes that are formulated to help with that. Your dentist in Atlanta, Ga., can help you decide on a brand that can help you with a sensitivity problem.

When choosing a toothpaste it is best to evaluate your needs, use common sense, look for the ADA seal and follow your Atlanta dentist’s recommendation.