What Toothpaste Should I Use?
Have you ever been overwhelmed when walking down the toothpaste aisle at the store? Although toothpastes come in a wide variety of flavors and varying additional benefits, all are designed to remove bacteria on the surface and prevent plaque buildup that can lead to decay. Choosing the right toothpaste can appear to be a challenge due to the many choices available. How do you know which one is best for you or your child?
Fluoride is an essential ingredient in daily toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water sources and helps to prevent tooth decay and reduce cavities in adults and children. When the fluoride from the toothpaste is absorbed into the enamel it begins the process of remineralization. Remineralization is the replenishing of the lost calcium and phosphorus, keeping your teeth hard. Fluoride is important in preventing cavities and can be used as early as the eruption of the first tooth (using a smear or about a rice-sized amount for babies and small children).
Those who suffer from tooth sensitivity may benefit from using a desensitizing toothpaste containing potassium nitrate. This ingredient helps block the pathways that lead to the nerves in the teeth. With regular use, over time, the teeth experiencing hot or cold sensitivity will become less sensitive.
These toothpastes are great for those who frequently drink coffee or dark teas. They contain abrasive agents that remove mild surface stains off the enamel of the teeth. It is important to note that these abrasives can damage young tooth enamel, so it is important to check with your provider before using.
Using toothpaste that has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval guarantees it can be trusted to do exactly what it claims. If you’re not sure which type of toothpaste is best for you or your child, we’d be happy to chat with you about it when your child comes in for their appointment!
-Lauren Young, RDH
Prior to Lauren’s Dental Hygiene degree, she attended The University of Kansas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After teaching in Kansas City for three years, her passion to be a dental hygienist grew as she noticed the great need of dental education to the areas she was serving. Lauren started working at LeBlanc and Associates in 2015 as an assistant where she was able to use here education in a while new field and her desire to expand her knowledge and skills increased. With the fantastic training and background she was given LeBlanc and Associates, she was accepted into the Dental Hygiene program at Johnson County Community College where she graduated in 2018. Shortly after graduation, she returned to L&A as a dental hygienist. Lauren loves the comforting staff at LeBlanc and Associates provides to children and families and the rewarding feeling at the end of each day. Lauren has a 5 year old daughter who keeps her busy outside of work with extracurricular activities. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys KU, Royals, and Chiefs sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.