Deciding your brand and type of toothpaste is not just a decision based on cost. With so many options, it can feel overwhelming in the oral health aisle of your grocery store or pharmacy. At Dr. Emma Wu & Associates, we wanted to put together our thoughts on the subject in the form of a blog, so our readers can make informed decisions when deciding the toothpaste best for them. Continue reading to learn more about kinds of toothpaste and why you might be using the wrong one!

History of Toothpaste

Did you know the first people to use toothpaste were the Egyptians back in 5,000 BC? Since then, toothpaste has, of course, significantly evolved and is now backed by science. Back in the time of the pharaohs, toothpaste was a simple mixture of crushed rock salt. We can say without certainty; we are glad toothpaste has evolved since then!

The ingredient to look for…

Many toothpaste brands claim they can restore enamel or fight against gingivitis fighting, which is well and good but tends to be enthusiastic marketing departments trying to increase sales. Our recommendation is to look for a toothpaste that clearly states that they contain 1000 parts per million of fluoride in addition to branding an ADA (America Dental Association) approval label.  After these two pieces of criteria are met, your toothpaste is largely a personal preference. The flavor, brand, and other additional claims are there to beat out the competition.

Additional Questions about Toothpaste

How effective are Teeth Whitening Toothpastes?

This is an area of debate within the dental community. While teeth whitening toothpaste improves the whiteness of your teeth, they can take longer than desired to have an impact. During long term use, sensitivity dramatically increases. Dr. Emma Wu & Associates offers professional teeth whitening services with results that are instant. While sensitivity increases for a short period of time, patients’ teeth feel normal again but much whiter within a few weeks.

How effective are toothpastes that are made for sensitive teeth?

Over the counter toothpaste that claims to reduce sensitive teeth are proven to work if used persistently. Again, continue to look for the ADA seal of approval and 1000 parts per million of fluoride. If you do not get results after using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, contact Dr. Emma Wu today. We can recommend and prescribe prescription-strength toothpaste designed for treating patients with sensitive teeth.

Dr. Emma Wu & Associates: The area leading cosmetic and general restorative Dentist in Massachusetts.

Need advice on the right tooth past to choose for your oral health? Looking to improve the look of your teeth? Contact Dr. Emma Wu today. We are Massachusetts leading cosmetic and restorative dental office in the state in North Andover.

We look forward to connecting and restoring your smile!

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