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Q: What kind of toothpaste should I be using?

Posted February 06, 2013 in Advice Column, Perry

A: As all of you know who visit the dental aisle regularly, it has grown significantly over the years. There are various kinds of toothpastes that come in different flavors and formulas as well as different brands. Choosing toothpaste can be a difficult task for some.

Many dental professionals recommend a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Research has proven that fluoride helps in reduction of cavities and the chance to prevent them if used on a daily basis. There is also sensitivity toothpastes that can help with sensitivity caused by temperatures. You should consult with your dentist before you start using this long term to make sure there are no other dental concerns that may be present.

There are many whitening toothpastes out there as well, but they only remove surface stains and won’t give you that bright white smile if that is what you are looking for. If you are a person who gets a lot of tartar build-up, there is tartar control toothpaste with an antimicrobial ingredient to help reduce the tartar build-up between visits.

As far as flavors, pastes or gels, that is entirely up to you and your preference. If you are overwhelmed with the dental product aisle, consult with your dentist or hygienist to see what the best option for you is.

Information provided by Dr. Rob Swanson, DDS, Swanson Dental Care, 2423 Willis Ave., Perry, 465-5170.

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