Good dental care includes keeping your teeth and gums free of plaque build-up, tartar, and bacteria, which can severely damage teeth. So, what toothpaste should you use?

Adults– Use toothpaste that contains fluoride and a soft-bristle toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth.

Children– Small children, under the age of 2 years, should use a non-fluoride children’s toothpaste. Due to high sugar consumption, children are prone to dental caries (cavities). Children over the age of 2 years should use toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Seniors– Low-Abrasive toothpastes, such as ones that contain baking soda should be used on natural teeth and gums and on crowns, bridges, and dentures on a daily basis.

Pregnant Women– Use a toothbrush that is soft on your teeth and gums to prevent irritation and continue to floss regularly. The American Dental Association recommends using mouthwash and toothpastes with fluoride throughout your pregnancy.

Hypersensitivity– If you experience tooth sensitivity when consuming hot and/or cold beverages and foods, use a toothpaste that protects enamel erosion. Avoid pastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate and go for a brand that is made specifically for sensitive teeth.

Whitening– Tooth pastes claim to whiten but what they really do is remove surface stains so they can claim that they “whiten” your teeth. To whiten the teeth you need to use a whitening product that comes in a gel form that is placed in custom made trays you wear or you can try the over-the-counter whitening strips.