Are you wondering what to make of things when you step into the dental hygiene aisle at your usual drugstore? When you begin taking in shelf after shelf (after shelf) of different toothpaste option, you may wonder if absolutely any old tube of toothpaste will do. Or, perhaps you are supposed to stick to some serious guidelines to help you weed out the bad options and choose those that actually offer reliable care. The answer is that it’s somewhere in between those two schools of thought. Remember, we always encourage you to bring up your questions during your visits. At the moment, we have some simple to memorize guidelines that will make shopping trips much more tolerable.
Gel Or Paste?
Not sure whether you should be using a gel or paste when you’re purchasing toothpaste? As for the consistency/texture of your toothpaste, this is entirely up to you. We encourage you to test out different options to find what you like. When you like what you’re using, it makes dental hygiene more enjoyable.
You will get almost an identical answer out of us as you receive for the gel/paste question when you ask about flavor. It is entirely up to you and your taste buds. If you like your first pick, stick with it. If you want to shake things up, enjoy variety, or find something better, try different flavors until you feel satisfied.
Will It Be Effective?
Of course, the goal with your dental hygiene products is for them to offer effective preventive care. The best way to know for certain upon purchase that a product will work is to select something that has been accepted by the American Dental Association (you will find an ADA seal on the package).
How About Fluoride? Choose It Or Skip It?
Fluoride is always important! Unless we have given you specific instructions to avoid it, you will want to use fluoridated toothpaste to protect your smile.