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As you browse the oral hygiene aisle at the store, the many options may start to make things a bit overwhelming and confusing. However, if you know what to look for in a tube of toothpaste, shopping will be much easier! So, to help you pick the best toothpaste for your smile, we recommend the following:

Fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpaste. So, whichever toothpaste you decide to use, make sure it contains fluoride. This mineral is a strong substance that fights off tooth decay and plaque. Fluoride protects your teeth from the daily acid in your mouth and it strengthens and nourishes your smile each chance it gets.

Tartar control toothpaste
Tartar control toothpaste is a great option if you are interested in cleaning the plaque off your smile. Even though it does not take 100 percent of the plaque off your teeth, it helps reduce the chances of developing gum disease.

Sensitivity toothpaste
Tooth sensitivity can be a pain, especially when you can’t eat your favorite foods or drink your favorite drinks because of the pain and discomfort you experience. But, to help you treat this sensitivity and enjoy your favorite products, we recommend brushing your teeth each day with sensitivity toothpaste. This paste contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which are chemical compounds that block the pathways that lead to the nerves of your teeth, eliminating your tooth sensitivity.

Whitening toothpaste
If you are on a quest to achieve a whiter and brighter smile, whitening toothpaste is the best option for you! These pastes contain abrasive particles that lift the stains off your teeth and polish your smile each time you brush. Now remember, when you choose your whitening toothpaste, make sure it is a paste that cleans as well as whitens your smile. Some toothpastes do not offer both options.

It’s important to have the right tools so you can properly clean your smile each day, and if you use one or more of these toothpastes, you are on the right track! If you have any questions or if you would like to talk to your dentist about the best toothpaste brand for your pearly whites, call us now at 252.355.4070 and schedule an appointment! We look forward to helping you.