Choosing toothpaste for your kids and your family is an important way to promote good oral health. In this article, we want to go over a few important factors when choosing toothpaste, including how and when to get recommendations from your dentist, prescription toothpastes for fluoride treatments, toothpaste for children, and what do all those marketing slogans really mean anyway? If you have questions about oral health and live in the Boston area and need a dentist, please give us a call!
Another thing to consider is choosing the right toothpaste for kids at different ages. For example, there are toothpastes designed for infants as well as toothpaste designed for young children that are safer to swallow. It is important to teach your kids at a young age to spit out toothpaste while they brush since the toothpaste can make them sick if they swallow it. But as they are learning to brush, you can give them toothpaste that is safer for their stomachs.
Have you ever wondered why “9 out of 10 dentists recommend ____”? You have probably heard that a thousand times on TV or seen boxes that say things like “fights cavities”. Those marketing slogans are intentionally vague and honestly true about almost every tube of toothpaste. And that’s intentional. In many cases, the 9 out of 10 dentists statement comes from the fact that in a small survey the overwhelming majority of dentists will agree that a specific toothpaste is good or better than not brushing at all.
Let’s be clear here, there is no problem with choosing toothpaste that uses these slogans. What is important is to understand what these slogans mean and why they are used. Almost any toothpaste “fights cavities” or “can help brighten your smile” but marketing companies have learned that certain phrases can imply that this toothpaste “does it better” than the other toothpaste without having to say it. Legally they can’t say “this toothpaste provides better protection” without having some way of backing that up with actual research, but by writing “fights cavities” they can make people think that this toothpaste has a cavity-fighting advantage compared to other brands that don’t say that. It is completely accurate to say that almost any toothpaste provides protection or is recommended by most dentists. But that statement doesn’t mean that a specific brand or tube is superior to the other ones on the shelf.
Understand that any marketing slogans on toothpaste boxes are not nearly as valuable as just talking to an actual dentist or the ADA seal. The American Dental Association has a seal of approval that is only available to toothpaste brands that meet their requirements.
One of the best ways to get a good toothpaste is to ask a dentist. Your dentist likely has a brand they use, and a few brands they personally recommend. As we mentioned above, a lot of dental toothpaste marketing hinges on making large statements about what the toothpaste can do or the approval it has from dentists, but nothing beats actually having a dentist recommend a tube of toothpaste.
A dentist might recommend a prescription for fluoride toothpaste if you have signs of dental decay. Like fluoride treatments at your dentist, fluoride toothpaste provides extra protection to the surfaces of your teeth. Fluoride is instrumental in protecting and strengthening enamel. Compared to the off-the-counter toothpaste, there are some prescription options your dentist might recommend if you are showing signs of severe tooth decay or if you have a “reversible cavity” or the early signs of decay that could become a cavity if not addressed. There are also other prescription toothpastes that might be recommended for a variety of oral concerns. If you are interested in prescription toothpaste, we recommend asking a dentist about them as well as whether or not they think you might need them.
If you and your family live in Everett, Revere, Boston, or the surrounding area and you are looking for a great dental experience, give our team at All Pro Dental a call today to discuss our services.
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