How to Pick the Right Toothpaste


THERE ARE SO many choices of toothpaste in our grocery stores. With an entire aisle of toothpaste options to choose from, as your South San Francisco dentists we want to help our patients narrow things down a little based on their individual dental health needs.


Whitening Toothpaste


Choose a whitening toothpaste to remove surface stains, but remember that it can’t change a tooth’s natural color or fight deeper stains. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives to polish the teeth and peroxide to break down surface stains. Using it twice a day can lead to visible results after several weeks, but make sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance!

Orthodontic patients should wait until Braces Off Day before using whitening products, toothpaste included so that they don’t end up with patches of different colors where the brackets were.


For Sensitive Teeth


Over-the-counter tooth sensitivity toothpaste is a good option for patients with sensitive teeth. It helps rebuild enamel and minimize discomfort, and if the over-the-counter type isn’t enough, the dentist can prescribe a stronger toothpaste.


Popular Inactive Ingredients?


What about ingredients like activated charcoal or aloe vera? There is little evidence to support the benefits these toothpastes claim to offer. Charcoal in particular is abrasive and may actually damage tooth enamel and make teeth more sensitive. Toothpaste with these ingredients also tends to lack fluoride, which helps rebuild tooth enamel.


Still have questions about picking the right toothpaste? Ask your dentist or hygienist during your next dental check-up and cleaning. If it's been more than 6 months since your last visit, you're due for a visit! Don't forget to also complete the treatment plan that your dentist prepared for you. If you have dental insurance, most plans cover up to 2 cleanings and check-ups a year, and any benefits you haven't used expire.


Coming in for regular check-ups and treating any dental issues as soon as possible, is key to a healthy and beautiful smile. It also can save you time and money in the long run! Scheduling is easy. You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call or text at (650) 871-1400.

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