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Finding the Right Toothpaste

When you are shopping for decent toothpaste, it can be quite confusing which one is the best. Here’s a quick guideline of what to look for.
 
Shopping for Toothpaste
 
There are several varieties of toothpaste you will find when shopping. These include:
• Tartar-fighting
• Whitening
• Breath-freshening
• Flavored
• Sensitive formulas
 
They all claim to be the best on the market, so how do you determine which is right for you? 
 
Fluoride
 
One of the most important parts of toothpaste is the fluoride. Thankfully, this can be found in 95 percent of toothpaste currently being sold. Dentists are in agreement that at least 1,000 parts per million fluoride combined with the American Dental Association stamp is all that is needed for a toothpaste to be good enough for you.
 
Remember, you only need to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your brush. Using any more than that will cause you to spit early and not brush long enough.
 
Cleaning Sensitive Teeth
 
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you have more things to think about when picking toothpaste. There are several options available to you. First, consider having the dentist prescribe a paste for you. This will be higher in price but is the best option overall. Otherwise, choose an over-the-counter toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth. 
 
Children and Toothpaste
 
Young children under the age of two tend to swallow the toothpaste when brushing. Because of this, it is important that you choose a specially formulated paste that has limited amounts of fluoride. Once they’ve been properly trained how to brush their teeth, you’ll want to move them up to a regular version so they receive the full benefits. 
 
Other Brushing Tips
 
Combined with the best toothpaste, these brushing tips will help protect your teeth:
• Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush
• Floss at least once per day
• Brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time
• Visit your dentist in West Hartford, CT twice a year for a professional cleaning
 
If you are still unsure which toothpaste is the right option for you, make sure you consult your dentist. They will offer other suggestions and their personal favorite choices.