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Expensive Toothpaste: Is it Worth the Hype?

toothpasteWhen it comes to things like Oreo cookies and cars, it’s often worth it to buy the more expensive option. After all, isn’t it true that you get what you pay for? However, when it comes to things like toothpaste, is it worth it to spend a few more dollars on each tube to get a “whiter” smile? This article will discuss whether or not that expensive toothpaste is worth all the hype. Read on to learn more.

Look At the Basics

Every toothpaste that is on the shelf at your local grocery store or supercenter has an American Dental Association stamp of approval, which means that it contains a few key ingredients. Of those ingredients, you will want to look for fluoride. The ADA itself has stated that fluoride is nature’s tool to keep your teeth as clean as possible. As long as your toothpaste has an ADA stamp of approval and fluoride, you should be good to go.

Ask Yourself What Other Results You Want

What else are you hoping to get out of your toothpaste? Do you want whiter teeth? Do you want toothpaste that’s a bit more abrasive? Do you need toothpaste to help cut back on sensitivity?

  • Whitening Toothpaste: You don’t need to spend an outrageous amount of money to get whiter teeth. You do, however, need to look at the active ingredients and see just how much hydrogen peroxide is in them. The more it has, the whiter your teeth are going to get.
  • Abrasive Toothpaste: Abrasives like hydrated alumina and silica, dicalcium phosphates, and calcium carbonate are all commonly found in toothpaste. If you feel like yours isn’t getting your teeth clean, look for one that has these abrasives in it. This toothpaste shouldn’t cost you extra.
  • Sensitivity: Unfortunately, some of the most expensive types of toothpaste are those made for sensitive teeth. By numbing your dental nerve, these toothpaste make it easier for you to enjoy hot and cold foods.

It’s hard to say for sure whether or not it’s worth it to pay more money for toothpaste. The main thing you need to do is read the label. If you would like to learn more about your dental care and hygiene, contact Dr. Paul Peterson today.



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