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There are so many…which toothpaste should you buy?

November 18, 2014

Filed under: Children's Dentistry,General Dentistry,Health — atriumfamily @ 1:56 am

Did you notice that the aisle in the store with toothpaste and tooth related products seems to be growing every year?  On average, we are bombarded with up to 750 marketing messages from brands each day. Every one of these brands are vying for our attention, approval, and convince us that their product is the one we need to buy. It can be immense. So how do we do choose? We can’t help you with what type of coffee to buy or what laundry detergent to use, but we can guide you on choosing the correct toothpaste.

The issue with a lot of these products is that they all are promising something different or in some cases promising everything!  With so many types, brands and flavors, we thought it would make sense to help some and break it down. Here are quick tips of what to look for when you are lost in the toothpaste selection process.

3 Important Things To Consider:

  1. Look for ADA approval. The American Dental Association’s seal of approval means a product has been deemed safe and effective by their independent review board of scientific experts. Note that all products carrying this seal contain fluoride which is, more often than not, highly beneficial.
  2. Pick what is best for you and your family. The best toothpaste for you and your family is a matter of preference, but more than anything, it should be focused on oral healthcare needs. Look for things that your family would like to have the care for and most importantly that your family will use.  If it doesn’t get used then it won’t work.

Avoid Pretenders. The FDA advises against purchasing toothpastes made in China. Back in 2007, some toothpastes imported from China contained diethylene glycol, a toxic substance.

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