Toothpaste: Things To Avoid

February 16, 2017

When you’re buying toothpaste, you are usually looking for exciting features that will help you keep your oral health safe. However, you may not realize that there are some things to avoid as you’re shopping, which may actually make it easier to narrow down the best toothpaste for your dental hygiene needs. Of course, you know that you need fluoride, you should find something accepted by the ADA, and that a pleasing flavor is ideal. As for what you should not select, take some tips to heart.

Paste That Promises The Impossible

You want to beware of any dental hygiene product, toothpaste or otherwise, that makes promises that just don’t seem possible. As you will realize if you purchase this toothpaste, it will not live up to the hype. Some examples include:

  • If a toothpaste says it can get your smile several shades whiter, this is not possible. The only way to dramatically improve the vibrancy of your smile is to choose a cosmetic care treatment.
  • Toothpaste may suggest that it can reverse problems like gingivitis or tooth decay. If you already have gum inflammation or a cavity, you will need professional care.

Abrasive Toothpaste

Think your dental hygiene needs to include some enhanced exfoliation to get your smile clean and vibrant? Not quite. All the exfoliating you need is soft toothbrush bristles. Anything beyond that like abrasive granules or scrubbing beads in your toothpaste is going to hurt your gums and your teeth (and can actually get trapped beneath your gumline).


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