January 11th, 2016, 12:00 AM

Brushing your teeth is important to maintaining great oral health. It should come as no surprise that the toothpaste you choose is just as important.

Why is toothpaste important?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), toothpaste is highly important to oral health because it helps to remove plaque and its bacterial buildup on teeth. Most toothpaste also contains fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel and fights tooth decay.

What's in toothpaste?

Toothpaste ingredients vary depending on the purpose of the toothpaste. However, most toothpastes contain:

  • Fluoride, this helps strengthen the enamel
  • Flavoring agents
  • Detergents to make the toothpaste foamy

Toothpaste Options

Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is the most common and widely used type of toothpaste. It acts as the defender against most tooth decay issues by strengthening your enamel and restoring areas that have already started to decay.

Make sure fluoride is being used in your toothpaste!

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste

Sensitive teeth can be affected by hot or cold temperatures. However, there is a solution for this! A great option is Sensodyne. According to their site, "works to relieve tooth pain due to sensitive teeth and provides lasting protection all day, every day when used as directed."

Coffee Drinkers Toothpaste

Coffee may be your morning energy boost, but over-consumption destroys your teeth! Though, never fear, you don't have to live with coffee-stained teeth. According to Oral-B, Oral-B 3D White Luxe toothpaste can, "help improve coffee-stained teeth and provides noticeable whitening results after seven days of use."

For those with sensitivity to whitening, Oral-B 3D White Delicate White can help improve the appearance of coffee-stained teeth gradually.

Tips on Picking a Toothpaste

  1. Ensure it has fluoride
  2. Ensure it has the seal of approval from the American Dental Association (ADA)
  3. Ensure protecting your family's health by reading the ingredients.

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