Choosing a Toothpaste

There are so many toothpaste brands on the market and make it hard to choose from. In addition to many different flavours you can find toothpaste for whitening teeth, sensitive teeth and preventing cavities Tour Medical has put together a few tips to help you along.

Toothpaste can do a lot more than clean your teeth, depending on the type you choose, it can help fight cavities, strengthen your teeth, and remove stains. If you have sensitive teeth, there are even toothpastes designed to help reduce the pain that can be caused by brushing. While all these types of toothpastes are safe, stronger formulas meant for whitening may agitate sensitive mouths so consult a dentist if you are concerned about sensitivity.

At Tour Medical we would also recommend that you consider whether you'd prefer an organic toothpaste made with all natural ingredients and no added chemicals. If you are conscious of the environment or want to avoid non-natural ingredients, organic toothpaste may be right for you.

There are also toothpastes formulated specially for children. They are non-toxic and great for those who are new to brushing and may swallow the toothpaste when cleaning their teeth.

Most non-organic toothpastes contain fluoride. Fluoride helps protect your teeth against cavities and decay, which is why dentists often give children fluoride treatments. However, there's some scientific debate about potential, negative side effects that fluoride could have on your body. If you’re concerned about allowing you or your family to ingest fluoride it’s best to stick to organic brands or consult your pharmacist or doctor.

In addition to fluoride, some toothpastes contain other chemical compounds, such as sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium lauryl sulfate, also known as SLS, causes toothpaste to foam but can also be toxic in large amounts. This compound is not found in children's toothpastes or organic toothpastes and can be avoided by looking at the ingredients list.

Most toothpastes are equally effective in maintaining your dental health. The biggest differences are the added benefits in specialty toothpastes, such as ones made for whitening or sensitive teeth. Brushing your teeth regularly is very important for your oral health so choose a toothpaste that you'll enjoy using every day.

Although the number of toothpastes on the market keeps growing, choosing a toothpaste doesn't have to be confusing. By checking the ingredients and making sure the toothpaste addresses your particular needs, you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

We also discuss and recommend a toothpaste during your vist with us. We consider all your options and preferences and offer the best advice to suit your dental needs. To discuss a treatment or you dental option further, contact us for genuine, friendly advice at :