Toothpaste: how it works & choosing the right toothpaste for you


Picking out toothpaste is like deciding what to eat on Uber Eats. You have so many brands and types to choose from it can be hard to pick one. 


How toothpaste works

Before we get into the different types of toothpaste it is important to understand why you should use it in the first place. Adding toothpaste to your toothbrush helps to clean and polish your teeth. Brushing your teeth regularly while we are in lockdown is an important aspect of self-care. Even though you may not be seeing people regularly brushing your teeth at least twice a day will keep your smile perfect for when you do. 


Choosing the best toothpaste for you

Understanding the types of toothpaste will help you to select the best one for you. 


Fluoride in toothpaste

Fluoride is a natural mineral found all around us in rocks, water, and plants. However, naturally occurring fluoride is not enough to protect your teeth so a small amount is added to many toothpastes. 

Using a toothpaste that contains added fluoride helps fight plaque (that yellowish gooey stuff on your teeth), cavities (holes in your teeth) and helps protect your teeth from decay. 


Whitening toothpaste

There are two types of whitening toothpaste on the market: the ones that brighten your teeth using bleaching and the ones that attempt to remove the surface stains on your teeth. Both types of whitening toothpaste work, however, if you want long-term lasting results you may want to choose a whitening kit from your dentist.


Sensitive teeth and toothpaste

If you have sensitive teeth you may want to select a sensitive toothpaste to help reduce your teeth sensitivity. But don’t substitute your sensitive toothpaste for dental-check ups because your sensitive teeth could be a sign of a dental problem. Speak to your dentist about your sensitive teeth to be safe. 


Dental seal of approval

If we could give one tip for selecting toothpaste it is to check for the Australian Dental Association seal of approval. That seal of approval means it has been evaluated by a team of professional Australian dentists.


Regular dental check-ups with Penrith dentists

Taking care of your teeth by using toothpaste and brushing twice a day helps to maintain good oral health. Adding regular dental exams and teeth cleanings by your local Penrith dentists will help make sure your teeth and gums are in good shape.

Contact our Penrith dental team on (02) 4726 5400 to book your dental appointment.