There are several types of toothpaste in the store. How does a Teen know which is the best choice for them?
- Fluoride Toothpaste – Fluoride is a natural mineral present in several foods, as well as most drinking water. It is often added to toothpaste to strengthen enamel – making teeth more resistant to cavities and decay. This is a top choice for a teen prone to cavities.
- Tartar or Plaque Control Toothpaste – Tartar is hardened plaque. Plaque builds up on our teeth daily and over time. These toothpastes have special compounds that work on dissolving the plaque and keeping gums clean. This is a top choice for a teen that is prone to plaque buildup.
- Whitening Toothpaste – These toothpastes remove stains on your teeth making them ‘appear’ whiter. Good for patients who drink dark colored beverages such as cola, tea or coffee. Toothpaste has abrasive materials that gently scrub teeth. Can cause tooth sensitivity so it is best to use sparingly. Most teens won’t need whitening toothpaste unless they have heavy stains on their teeth.
- Sensitivity Toothpaste – This toothpaste has agents that block the nerves in your teeth, which can minimize or eliminate hot and cold sensations. If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold this toothpaste is for you!
- Children’s Toothpaste – For the kids it is important they use a children’s toothpaste. These have less fluoride than adult toothpastes. They also have less of the abrasive compounds that can actually harm teeth over a long period of time. Choose one with a fun flavor and color! Good choice for teens that are waiting on the remaining baby teeth to come out or are sensitive to strong mint flavors.
Dr. Myriam Jourdan