29 Sep What Toothpaste Is The Best For Preventing Cavities?
Looking to keep your teeth healthy and bright? At-home brushing is one of the most important parts of maintaining a strong smile, so you may be wondering what the best toothpaste is to use if you want to avoid cavities. In this guide from Smile Society General Dentistry, we’ll discuss everything that you need to know.
Choose An ADA-Accepted Toothpaste That Contains Fluoride
There really are an overwhelming number of toothpaste options available at the drugstore or grocery store. How are you supposed to choose? Here are two simple things to look for that will narrow things down quite a bit!
- ADA Seal of Acceptance – The ADA Seal of Acceptance is awarded by the American Dental Association to products that have been evaluated by the ADA and have been confirmed as “safe and effective” for your oral health. This program began way back in 1931. To this day, looking for the ADA Seal of Acceptance is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re choosing products that will be good for your oral health.
- Fluoride – Fluoride is the most beneficial ingredient in any toothpaste, for reasons we’ll explain in depth in a moment. Look for toothpaste that contains fluoride. This may be listed as “stannous fluoride,” “sodium fluoride,” or “sodium monofluorophosphate” in the active ingredients listed on the package.
If you choose toothpaste that’s ADA-accepted and contains fluoride, you’re on the right track. Your daily brushing routine will help you avoid cavities and keep your smile bright!
Understanding The Power Of Fluoride – Why It’s So Essential For Your Oral Health
Fluoride is an invaluable ingredient in the fight against cavities, which is why you should avoid “fluoride-free” toothpaste. While they may not always be harmful, these types of toothpaste simply don’t protect against cavities as effectively.
Why? Because fluoride has the unique ability to restore weakened teeth. As you eat, chew, and live your daily life, bacteria in your mouth consume food particles in your mouth. They reproduce, and excrete acid that “demineralizes” your teeth. This means that the acid destroys some of the minerals in your teeth and makes them weaker and more susceptible to cavities.
Fluoride is able to reverse this process and “remineralize” your teeth. It attracts phosphates and calcium back to your teeth, strengthening them and fighting back against cavities. This is why it’s so important and is an essential ingredient in anti-cavity toothpaste.
By consistently using fluoride toothpaste every day, you can make sure that you always reverse the damage done by demineralization, which virtually eliminates your risk of developing a cavity.
Need More Oral Hygiene Tips? Due For A Checkup? Come To Smile Society General Dentistry!
At Smile Society General Dentistry, Dr. Munira Sulaiman and Dr. Mandeep Singh are here to help you maintain your oral health and avoid cavities. At-home oral hygiene and six-month preventive dental visits are both essential for your oral health, so don’t wait. Contact us at (609) 779-2054 to schedule your next checkup in West Windsor, East Windsor, or Princeton Junction.