When shopping for toothpaste, it can be overwhelming as there is a wide range of brands and different types to chose from. So where do you start?… Below we discuss the key ingredient to look for, what to avoid when buying toothpaste and when to start brushing your teeth.
Fluoride is the key active ingredient in toothpaste, aiding the prevention of dental decay. Avoid the stigma of ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ toothpastes as they do not usually contain fluoride.
Brush your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. Introduce a low dose fluoride toothpaste starting from the age of 18 months up to 6 years.
Avoid buying whitening toothpastes as they do not contain enough bleaching agent to noticeably whiten teeth. Whitening toothpastes are too abrasive and are often causing sensitivity in teeth.
Desensitising toothpastes provide temporary relief for sensitive teeth, however sensitivity in teeth should always be checked by your dentist to ensure there are no underlying problems such as dental decay.