Different Types of Toothpaste

If you’ve ever wondered just how many types of toothpaste there are, you might be surprised to find there are only five main categories which nearly all toothpastes fall under. That being said, the companies who make toothpaste often make it seem like there are hundreds of different choices by mixing and matching things like flavor and texture, which can be confusing. Today, we want to discuss the five main types of toothpaste and what they do, so you can be better equipped the next time you head to the store!  

At Robert Rosenfeld, DDS, we are committed to serving our patients in the best way possible. For that reason, we want to arm you with our best knowledge so you can keep your teeth healthy and sparkling white. If you’re in need of a checkup or cleaning, don’t hesitate to call our offices today, otherwise, read on to learn more about the five different types of toothpaste!

5 Major Types of Toothpaste

Children’s Toothpastes

Children’s toothpaste gets its own category because they generally contain less fluoride or abrasive agents. Children’s teeth don’t require the same intensity of cleaning as more fully formed adult teeth do, and can in fact, be harmed by too harsh of products. Children are also usually pickier than adults when it comes to things like taste, texture and consistency, so companies usually make children’s toothpaste friendly to these issues.

Fluoride Toothpastes

Fluoride helps to protect teeth against decay, cavities and harmful foods and beverages. Fluoride was introduced into toothpastes about a century ago, and has significantly reduced the amount of dental infections and decay seen in dentist’s offices. Most toothpastes contain at least a small amount of fluoride, but some will contain larger amounts for people who have weakened or decreased enamel.

Tartar Control

Tartar is plaque that has hardened or calcified. When we consistently miss certain spots or spaces on our teeth while brushing, build up begins to harden and eventually must be scraped off by your dentist. Tartar control toothpastes contain special compounds which work to dissolve plaque and buildup and restore healthy gum tissue.

Sensitivity Toothpaste

Occasionally, teeth can become sensitive leading to pain while eating and drinking. Once this occurs, it can be difficult to engage in daily activities. Toothpastes which target sensitivity contain special compounds that block the nerves in your teeth from sensing hot and cold. While they offer great relief for people with painful teeth, it can take up to 3-4 weeks to see their full results, so some patience is cautioned.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes are exactly what they sound like – they whiten your teeth! These types of pastes are perfect for anyone experiencing aging or yellowing of teeth or for those who consume regular coffees and teas. They contain extra gentle abrasive agents which “scrub” the stains out of your teeth.

Need Help Choosing the Right Toothpaste?

At Robert Rosenfeld, DDS, we pride ourselves in superb patient care and communication. If you’re unsure which type of toothpaste would best fit your needs, feel free to call our offices with your questions or schedule an appointment by calling 858-755-1189. You can also click here for more information on our services!

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