At Young Family Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kathleen Young is committed to educating patients so that they can make informed decisions about their dental health.
In this post we’re going to analyze three popular brands of toothpaste to see whether they actually do what they claim.
Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste
Tom’s is well-known for its “natural” ingredients. But, it’s important to note that not all the ingredients in most of Tom’s toothpastes can be considered completely natural. Some people feel that the toothpaste is not truly “natural” if it contains ingredients that must be formulated and processed in a factory.
This toothpaste isn’t bad, by any means! But if natural is what you want, then read the ingredient list carefully. Make sure it’s free of things like glycerin and sodium lauryl sulfate, the latter of which can irritate some people’s gum tissues.
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
This toothpaste is one of many that make claim to whiten teeth by multiple shades in a matter of weeks. Like other whitening pastes, this one doesn’t necessarily carry the bleaching power you might be led to believe it does. Instead, toothpastes use small abrasive particles to buff away surface stain.
So whitening toothpastes do great at helping prevent stain buildup, but they cannot penetrate tooth enamel to lift stain. You’ll need the professional teeth whitening power of a dentist to do that.
Crest PRO-HEALTH Advanced Extra Gum Protection Toothpaste
This toothpaste contains a type of fluoride called stannous fluoride. This ingredient prevents harmful bacterial plaque from developing. The problem here is it makes it sound like you only need to buy the toothpaste to magically experience the benefits. A little more effort is needed if you want to reverse gum disease; specifically – brushing correctly, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist.
Affordable Dentistry in Centennial, CO
The value of the toothpaste you buy may not go much farther than the sparkly box it’s packaged in. Find out how you can choose a product that will work for you by visiting a dentist in Centennial, CO. Schedule a visit to Dr. Young online today!