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How Do I Know What Type of Toothpaste Is Right for Me?

February 24, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlindsey @ 7:41 pm
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You understand the importance of using toothpaste when you brush your teeth to have optimal oral hygiene. However, it is difficult to choose which tube you want when there is a whole aisle of options at your local grocery store. Different types serve various functions. Ultimately, there is a right choice, depending on each customer’s needs. Read on to learn from your dentist in Fort Collins about the various types of toothpaste available so you can determine which one is right for your smile.


There are many types on the market that contain whitening ingredients intended for daily use. While they aren’t nearly as powerful as teeth whitening treatments, they can help to remove surface stains. This variety contains fluoride with an enzyme compound, so it can cause additional sensitivity and isn’t ideal for someone who already has sensitive teeth.


If you are looking for a more natural option, herbal toothpaste is available. This works better for people who are sensitive to additives because they don’t contain many of the same ingredients you would find in a typical toothpaste. If you want to try herbal variety, be sure it contains fluoride. Fluoride-free toothpastes don’t effectively protect against tooth decay.


This is the most common type available and is likely what you already have in your cabinet at home. It makes up over 90 percent of toothpaste sales and is proven to prevent both tooth decay and cavities from forming. Since it contains the mineral fluoride, it strengthens the enamel of your teeth while remineralizing them in case they have a small amount of decay already.

Tartar Control

Tartar results from plaque that was not removed from the teeth before it hardened. If it isn’t removed in time, it can cause issues like tooth decay and gum disease. The only effective way to have tartar removed is by seeing a dentist, but it is easily preventable. Tartar control toothpaste contains chemical compounds to prevent plaque buildup and solidification.


Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity, but there is toothpaste to help with this issue. The active ingredient in sensitivity toothpaste blocks microscopic holes in the tooth that lead to nerve endings. Since it protects those nerves, you will feel less sensitivity to hot and cold. If it doesn’t work immediately, you shouldn’t be discouraged. Sometimes, it can take up to a month to notice a difference.

There are many varieties to choose from, so pick one that aligns with your needs. If you still seek advice on how to choose toothpaste, talk to your dentist in Fort Collins. They can help point you in the right direction.

About the Author

Dr. Shiloh Lindsey earned her dental doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, finishing as the valedictorian of her dental school class. She is a member of the American Dental Association and has been annually voted “Best Dentist of Fort Collins” by her peers nearly 20 times. Dr. Lindsey will be happy to discuss your toothpaste options in detail during your next dental cleaning and appointment, which you can schedule on her website or by calling (970) 482-3166.

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