Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Toothpaste

There are a variety of toothpastes that you can choose from, however each have a different purpose depending on your needs. Although the primary purpose of toothpaste is to clean your teeth, there’s also secondary purposes that vary between each toothpaste option. Now, aside from the generic toothpaste there's a wide variety of toothpastes available to help protect teeth from different things they’re prone to like staining, gum irritation, sensitivity and other common issues.

Here are 5 Types of Toothpaste and Tips For Choosing the Right One:

1. Whitening Toothpaste

One type of toothpaste that is a common choice is whitening toothpaste. For many people surface stains are very common and can be caused by a number of different food and drinks. Using a daily whitening toothpaste is a great option to help manage surface stains without having to completely avoid the things that stain your teeth. If you are susceptible to stained teeth a whitening toothpaste will help you keep your teeth white and protect them from future stains.

2. Anti-plaque Toothpaste

If your teeth are prone to plaque, opting for an anti-plaque toothpaste can help you better manage your plaque build up. This type of toothpaste is ideal for those who are at risk of developing gum disease because it helps reduce the bacteria build up from plaque. It also has added active ingredients, like zinc and citrate, that inhibit common plaque bacteria from building up in the gum line and other at-risk areas.

3. Desensitizing Toothpaste

If you suffer from sensitive teeth or gums, you should consider a desensitizing toothpaste. This type of toothpaste typically contains potassium nitrate, which is an ingredient that can help inhibit the painful response to cold and hot that many with sensitive teeth experience. Keep in mind that you should first consult with your dentist to find the root cause of your tooth sensitivity to ensure there isn’t a bigger issue at hand before opting for a desensitizing toothpaste.

4. Natural Toothpaste

Natural or herbal based toothpastes are ideal for allergy sufferers and those who are sensitive to regular toothpastes. This type of toothpaste usually contains natural ingredients, like essential oils, that are used as an alternative to the ingredients found in a typical toothpaste. Many of these toothpastes however do not contain fluoride. This means you need to be careful to ensure that your teeth are getting the fluoride protection they need in other ways.

5. Children's Toothpaste

Children’s toothpastes are ideal for young children who are prone to ingesting toothpaste when brushing. This type of toothpaste has lower levels of fluoride than adult toothpaste, reducing the risk of the child ingesting too much fluoride. They also come in more variety of flavors, which can help parents get their children to brush their teeth regularly if a mint flavor is too harsh for them.


There are a variety of different types of toothpastes available to choose from. Choosing a toothpaste that suits your needs is an important part of managing your overall mouth health. The best way to choose a toothpaste that’s right for you is to get a recommendation from your dentist.

To discuss toothpaste options and overall mouth health further, contact our office!

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