When it comes to selecting a toothpaste for you or your family, there are a few important factors to consider to make sure the product you buy is safe, effective, and approved by the american dental association. The first and most basic thing you can do is ensure that your toothpaste bears the seal of the ADA. This is a surefire way to know that your toothpaste has been objectively tested to be effective and safe by an actual team of dentists. At our Garden Grove family dental practice, making sure our patients find the right toothpaste for their teeth is one of the first and most important steps in ensuring effective home care that takes into consideration your specific oral health concerns and challenges.
Why do I need an ADA Approved Toothpaste if the FDA Tests Toothpaste too?
While it’s true that the FDA tests every toothpaste on the market for safety and to make sure their ingredients meet certain requirements, the FDA does not test for safety and effectiveness like the ADA does. The ADA puts every toothpaste through rigorous testing to assess the fluoride content, it’s delivery system, and it’s effectiveness in protecting your tooth enamel. This is why an FDA approved toothpaste isn’t as good as an FDA approved and ADA recommended toothpaste.
What’s all this about flouride?
When you’re looking for a toothpaste, it’s important to find one that contains fluoride. Fluoride is the simplest anion of fluorine, and is used to remove plaque from your teeth. In fact, removing plaque is one of the most important functions of your toothpaste, a job that fluoride helps with a great deal. Plaque forms on your teeth every day, constantly attempting to infiltrate your teeth with bacteria that causes infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. Fluoride is one of the most effective tools for preventing this, while simultaneously strengthening the enamel of your teeth.
I have sensitive teeth. Do I need prescription toothpaste?
If your teeth or gums get sensitive when you breathe cold air, or when eating cold or hot foods — it should be fairly obvious that you have sensitive teeth. When you have sensitive teeth, you have a few options when it comes to finding the toothpaste that’s right for you. For most patients, the easiest option is over-the-counter. Fortunately, in most cases — this is a sufficient solution for minimizing tooth and gum sensitivity. While OTC sensitivity toothpastes are known to work incredibly well, if intense sensitivity persists — it might be time to talk to your dentist about curing the underlying cause or potentially getting a prescription solution.
What about whitening toothpaste. Does it really work?
Yes! Whitening toothpaste does work, and is one of many options available when it comes to whitening your teeth. In fact, if you’re looking for a Dentist in Fountain Valley (or Garden Grove)that offers teeth whitening — you’ve come to the right place. Our friendly team would be happy to answer any of your questions.
…And one final tip: Don’t rinse! (If you can stand it)
Many patients grow up thinking that its imperative that they rinse after they brush their teeth. Many times, this is because of the fact that so many of us are encouraged not to swallow our toothpaste while growing up (which is still very important advice). However, toothpaste does a better job at doing its job if you let its ingredients to fully absorb. In fact, refraining from eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after brushing can ensure that your toothpaste is performing to the best of its ability. While this can sometimes be difficult (because some toothpaste, especially the sensitive kind, doesn’t taste great) it makes brushing before bed even more important — because its the most foolproof way to give your toothpaste time to really soak in.