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A Quick Guide to Toothpaste

Are you using the right toothpaste?

Choosing the right toothpaste for you and your family can be an overwhelming adventure. The Greentree team has created a quick guide to help you make a well-informed choice.


ADA Accepted American Dental Association

1. ADA Seal of Acceptance.

The ADA conducts both clinical and laboratory studies before any toothpaste receives the seal of acceptance for safety and effectiveness. After receiving the seal, every product must renew their seal every three years. Don’t even consider toothpaste without the seal.

2. Flouride

Fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpaste because it prevents tooth decay by strengthening your tooth enamel and protecting your teeth from the acid caused by sugars and starches.  All ADA approved toothpastes have fluoride.

What is most important to you?

Beyond using toothpaste with the ADA seal, make sure you choose toothpaste you will use every day based on your priorities and preferences

Whiter Teeth

Whiter teeth can help boost your confidence while giving you a beautiful smile. There are many whitening toothpastes on the market today. Although many people assume bleach is the main ingredient, whitening toothpastes actually contain abrasives or chemicals that polish teeth and pull stains off the surface.

TIP: Look for carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as effective whitening agents. If you are not satisified with the shade of your teeth, please contact the Greentree team to see how we can provide professional level solutions for whiter teeth.

Tartar Control

Controlling tartar is foundational to proper oral hygiene. We all have a layer of bacteria on our teeth called plaque, which can become tartar without consistent dental care. Tartar build-up may ultimately lead to gum disease. Chemicals like pyrophosphates, zinc citrate and a bacteria-killing antibiotic called triclosan are proven tartar fighters.

Be aware that tartar control toothpaste may create sensitivity for some. If it does not create sensitivity for you and you tend to have extra tartar-buildup, tartar control toothpaste is a good solution.

TIP: Toothpastes with more than one plaque fighting ingredient have been shown to be most helpful. Tartar can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. Schedule your cleaning today with the Greentree team.

Sensitive Teeth

Do not allow sensitive teeth to cause you to brush less often. If your teeth are sensitive to heat or cold, or you have sensitive gums, look for toothpaste with potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.

TIP: Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth tends to reduce your tooth sensitivity over time.

Great Taste

You can have it all – healthy toothpaste that also tastes great. Artificial flavoring has been added to toothpastes today to make brushing enjoyable while removing every excuse we might invent to skip this essential habit. Mint, lemon-lime, cinnamon and other flavors are on the market for adults.  Plus, many kid-friendly flavors and colors have been created to help kids enjoy developing great oral hygiene habits for life.

All Natural Ingredients

If you prefer a more organic lifestyle, there are all-natural toothpastes available without chemicals. Please make sure your choice has the ADA seal of approval.

Bottom Line

At Greentree, we highly recommend choosing Tartar Control toothpaste with the ADA seal (it will include fluoride), while the rest is up to you.  We encourage you to try different brands until you find the toothpaste that best fits your personal priorities and preferences.

For professional help with creating and maintaining the confidence of a healthy, beautiful smile, contact the Greentree team today.

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We look forward to hearing from you. Call 614.459.5511 or request an appointment online to get started.