Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

Our Epsom dental team take a look at the range of toothpastes on sale.

Not too long ago, a visit to the supermarket to buy toothpaste just meant a simple choice between different brands. These days however, there seems to be a different toothpaste for every dental problem under the sun. Whilst there are benefits to this approach, it does leave you with a bewildering choice.

Most of us probably have a regular toothpaste that we like the taste of, whilst others may simply opt for the one which is on special offer when we go shopping. To help patients make an informed choice, we take a look at the different types of toothpaste available for patients of The Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom.

The basics

The fact is that, whichever toothpaste you buy; unless you are diligent about cleaning your teeth correctly and regularly, it will make little difference which toothpaste you use. This is the most important point to make. Whilst some lesser known brands may be perfectly fine, you may wish to stick to known established brands if you are unsure.

Whitening toothpastes

It is worth mentioning teeth whitening toothpastes here. These can act in two different ways. Some contain additional abrasives which can help to remove stains from the surface of the teeth. Long term use of these though could result in erosion of the enamel. Some also contain a whitening agent, designed to lighten the internal part of the tooth. Unfortunately, due to health and safety laws, the quantity allowed is very small and is unlikely to make any significant difference. If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, we advise you to contact the cosmetic dentist at our Epsom practice to discuss having a professional, effective teeth whitening procedure.

Gum disease toothpastes

You may have noticed a recent upsurge in TV adverts promoting toothpastes designed to prevent gum disease. We are happy to see this as many dentists find that patients are less aware of the importance of preventing gum disease than they could be. These toothpastes really can help and some contain particles of sodium bicarbonate which help to break down any plaque which may have formed on your teeth. Whilst these toothpastes may taste a little unusual and, initially, take a little getting used to, they are a useful tool in the fight against gum disease. We also encourage patients to make sure that they visit the hygienist at The Clock Tower Dental Clinic for a regular scale and polish to help keep their teeth and gums in excellent health.

Toothpaste for children

There are even specific toothpastes for children and whilst much of this is driven by marketing differentiation, there are some sensible considerations; for example the quantity of fluoride incorporated which can differ for different age groups. Our dentists will be pleased to advise.

Fluoride

One of the most important decisions you can make about your toothpaste is whether it contains fluoride. This is commonly found in most major brands of toothpaste and is important as it helps to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, reducing the risk of tooth decay and minor breakages. Some ‘natural’ toothpastes may not contain this important ingredient and should, therefore, be avoided.

Each patient is an individual with different needs and problems. Whilst we don’t wish to promote any particular brand of toothpaste here, our Epsom dentists will be able to offer you more specific advice on which toothpastes may benefit you the most, during your twice yearly checkups. To book your appointment with us, please call The Clock Tower Dental Clinic  on 01372 720136.