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Toothpaste Tips

March 15, 2021

Toothpaste is one of the most important components of a healthy oral care routine, but how do you know which toothpaste is right for you? Check out the infographic below to learn how to choose the right toothpaste and find out how much you should be using. And remember, if you have any questions about your oral care routine or if you need to schedule your next dental visit, get in touch with the team at Salling & Tate at 910-256-9040.

HOW MUCH TOOTHPASTE SHOULD I USE? 

Adults should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Kids should use an amount of toothpaste that’s no larger than a grain of rice.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TOOTHPASTE

1. LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS

For adults, make sure you choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride! Children should not use fluoride until the age of three.

2. CHECK FOR AN ADA SEAL

This confirms that the toothpaste has been carefully formulated and tested before being approved by the American Dental Association

3. IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH, AVOID WHITENING TOOTHPASTE

These contain abrasive ingredients that may cause increased sensitivity and irritation.

4. CONSIDER YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS

For example, if you have gingivitis, an anti-gingivitis toothpaste can help. Or if you have tartar buildup, look for a tart control toothpaste.

5. WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK YOUR DENTIST

Nobody knows your teeth better than your family dentist If you aren’t sure which kind of toothpaste is best for you, don’t hesitate to ask!