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When you walk down the dental aisle at the store, it can be overwhelming to see just how many options toothpaste options are available. Toothpaste is a substance that allows you to remove food and debris while coating the teeth with ingredients that can provide certain benefits. The toothpaste you should be using is dependent on your oral health. This is what you should be looking for in a toothpaste based on your specific needs.

The Purpose of Toothpaste

You use toothpaste everyday, but do you know what it does for your teeth? Toothpaste is a key player in making sure you remove food and plaque from your teeth. It helps prevent dental health issues like cavities and gum disease from occurring, both of which can lead to more severe dental problems. Further, depending on your needs, toothpaste can help with tooth sensitivity, teeth whitening, and more. 

What’s in Toothpaste? 

The American Dental Association explains on their MouthHealthy blog that toothpastes are typically made up of the same common ingredients: 

  • Mild abrasive. With some help from your toothbrush, these mild abrasives help remove debris and surface stains.
  • Humectants. This ingredient helps prevent water loss, and prevents your toothpaste from drying out or getting gummy. 
  • Flavoring agents. This is what gives your toothpaste that sweet, minty-fresh scent and taste. Toothpastes don’t contain sugar, however, so they don’t promote tooth decay.
  • Thickening agents. Also known as binders, these ingredients help stabilize the toothpaste formula. 
  • Detergent. This ingredient is what makes your toothpaste foam up as you brush your teeth. It helps spread the toothpaste through your whole mouth and helps clean the teeth. 

What Your Toothpaste Should Do For You 

What you use to clean your teeth and gums matters — and it all depends on your specific dental health goals. Here are common dental health concerns and what types of toothpastes you should search for: 

Sensitive Teeth

If you are someone who suffers from sensitive teeth, you know that it can cause pain when you eat or drink, brush your teeth, or even just breathe in cold air. Sensitive teeth can feel like sharp pain, especially when you eat or drink something hot, cold, or sweet. If you are someone who suffers from sensitive teeth, you should be searching for a toothpaste that is made specifically to target sensitivity. To fight tooth sensitivity, search your local store for desensitizing toothpastes. 

Cavities and Decay

If you have recently had or are just trying to prevent a cavity from forming, you should search for a toothpaste that contains fluoride. While all pastes on the market work to clean the teeth, those that are fluoridated offer an extra level of treatment and prevention. Fluoride is a natural cavity fighter and can help strengthen your tooth’s enamel, making it resistant to decay and cavities. 

Dull Teeth  

We all want a smile that we feel confident with, but oftentimes the food and beverages we consume can dull our smiles overtime. Many people are interested in teeth whitening, but don’t know where to begin. For mild teeth staining and dullness, look for a toothpaste that has whitening components. Whitening toothpaste options contain certain ingredients and polishing agents that work to remove more surface stains than the average toothpaste. 

What your toothpaste should do for you is completely based on what your current dental health is like and what your goals are. If you’re not sure about what to buy, consult with your dentist. 

Properly Brushing Your Teeth

Getting the right toothpaste is just one part of a good oral health routine. It’s also important to know how to properly brush your teeth. To get the most out of the toothpaste you use, follow these tips: 

  • Brush your teeth, getting all surfaces of each tooth, for two minutes twice a day. Don’t forget to brush the inside surfaces, outside surfaces, and chewing surfaces of all of your teeth. 
  • Use small, circular motions to clean each tooth. 
  • After brushing, don’t rinse with water. You should spit out any excess toothpaste, however, to get the most benefits out of your toothpaste, you should NOT rinse with water immediately after brushing. This will wash away the desensitizers, fluoride, or whitening agents — all of which are what you need to leave on your teeth to give you a smile that feels and looks like you want it to. 

Maintain Your Smile with Mountain Aire Dentistry

Don’t wait until you’re already experiencing problems to come in. If you aren’t sure what toothpaste you should be using or if your smile is currently healthy, make an appointment with Dr. Robert Berry and Mountain Aire Dentistry. Our team wants to help give you the tools and knowledge you need to maintain optimal oral health. Call us today at (303)-731-7755. 

291 E Flatiron Crossing Dr,
Broomfield, CO 80021

(303) 731-7755


When you visit our Broomfield dental office, your smile is our top priority. Our Dentists invite you to experience the difference a warm and caring team can provide for you and your family. Enjoy a unique and comfortable dental experience designed to bring a healthier and happier smile back into your life. We invite you to call or visit our Broomfield dental office and discover the exceptional difference we offer to those we serve.

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