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Published: January 31, 2017

The Toothpaste Playbook

The Toothpaste Playbook

Everyone knows that visiting the dentist every 6 months (or in some cases 3 months) for a dental cleaning and check-up is the best way to maintain exceptionally healthy teeth. On top of that we are always telling our patients to brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse with fluoridated mouth rinse. However, what if you’re teeth aren’t getting whiter like you’ve hoped? Or you’re feeling sensitivity in some of your teeth? Today we’re going to talk about toothpaste and how choosing the right one might help you achieve desired outcomes in between dental visits.

Today we’re going to break down the types of toothpaste and purposes they serve. Of course when you walk down the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store it seems like there are a million choices, but let us help you discern what each type of toothpaste is for and if it’s right for you.

Whitening Toothpaste

Probably one of the most popular toothpastes we get asked about. Typically a whitening toothpaste isn’t going to end up giving you the “Hollywood smile” that you might be hoping for. Most of these toothpastes contain extra abrasives (like silica) that serve to get scrub surface stains off of the teeth resulting in a brighter smile. If you really want to whiten your teeth ask us about professional bleaching so we can best help you reach that goal.


Another type of toothpaste we get asked about a lot is for sensitivity. This type of toothpaste can really help eliminate fear of annoying sensitivity when eating or drinking hot/cold items. Potassium nitrate is typically found in these toothpastes and block-off the dentin tubules that travel to the nerve of the tooth. Of course if you’re having sensitivity issues make sure you mention them to us so that we can make sure there are no underlying conditions that contribute to the sensitivity.

Tartar Control

What the heck is tartar?  Tartar is plaque that has become mineralized and forms hard build up on our teeth. These deposits need to be professionally removed, but after removal certain toothpastes are made to prevent tartar from forming again. It prevents plaque from accumulating on your teeth before it hardens into tartar.

Kid’s Toothpaste

            Children’s toothpaste is designed to get kids brushing; it often comes in different flavors and colors. It contains an appropriate amount of fluoride to help re-mineralize and strengthen their teeth. Training toothpaste is made for very young children who may like to swallow the toothpaste. It is made out of ingredients that are not harmful if swallowed. Remember the importance of getting your children brushing early to prevent cavities and maintain healthy gums.

The Choice is Yours!

            Now that you know why there are different toothpastes, you can make the best choice for you. It doesn’t really matter what brand you buy, just as long as it has an ADA seal of approval, contains fluoride to help strengthen your teeth, and meets your needs. Feel free to give us a call at the office (317-535-7141) if you have any questions or would like to schedule a cleaning and check up! Thanks for reading our blog!

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