How-to: choose your toothpaste
The sheer array of toothpaste on the shelves today can be somewhat overwhelming. It’s all too easy to just throw your hands in the air and reach for the tube with the cheapest price tag isn’t it? But picking a toothpaste that doesn’t contain the right ingredients for your teeth can cause your pearly whites to suffer. So we’ve broken all the toothpaste lingo down, to help you find one that’s right for you…
An ingredient found in most toothpaste, fluoride, is considered essential for tooth protection. Many people believe they can skip toothpaste with fluoride if their water supply is naturally high in it, however this is not recommended by most dentists. Fluoride protects teeth from acid wear and decay, keeping them healthy and strong.
Toothpastes, which claim to control tartar work by attacking the build-up of plaque that eventually turns into tartar. Where possible, you should aim to clean teeth with toothpaste containing one or more tartar-controlling ingredients like sodium pyrophosphate. Keep in mind that tartar-controlling toothpastes prevent tartar. Pre-existing tartar needs to be removed by your dentist.
Toothpastes that claim to be ‘natural’ should generally include organic ingredients, such as aloe, cinnamon and tea tree and be free from any artificial sweeteners or colours, so they’re often suitable for sensitive mouths. They are often fluoride-free as well, so you should generally consult your dentist before using one as part of your regular dental care routine.
Whitening toothpastes contain whitening ingredients designed to buff away stains from the surface of the teeth. A popular and effective whitening agent used in brightening toothpaste is bicarbonate soda, so look for this ingredient if you’re after whiter, brighter teeth.