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Buying toothpaste doesn’t have to be a stressful or hassle. You just have to know what to look for and consider your unique oral health needs.

When choosing a kind of toothpaste, the most important thing to look for is fluoride. This naturally-occurring mineral helps protect the teeth from cavities. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and can reverse the early stages of tooth decay.

Tartar Control
Plaque, a layer of bacteria on the teeth, can harden into tartar if not removed with proper oral hygiene. Some toothpastes are designed to help prevent the buildup of tartar on your pearly whites. Effective tartar-fighting ingredients to look for are pyrophosphates and zinc citrate.

If you would like a radiant smile, whitening toothpaste may be a good choice. Instead of bleach, whitening toothpastes use abrasive particles or chemicals. Don’t worry! Studies have shown that whitening toothpaste is as gentle on the enamel as other types of toothpaste.

Sensitive Teeth
You may be one of those people whose teeth are sensitive to things like hot and cold temperatures. There is a type of toothpaste that can help! Toothpaste for sensitive teeth contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.

ADA Approval
You can be confident that toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval does what it says. Products with the ADA seal have been tested and evaluated for safety and effectiveness. In addition, all toothpaste types with the ADA seal contain fluoride.

We invite you to contact our office at phone today to learn more and to schedule a reservation with Dr. Rob Holdridge. Our dentist and team in Wheaton, Illinois, are thrilled to help you improve and maintain your dental health!