What to look for when choosing a toothpaste

When choosing a toothpaste at the supermarket or pharmacy, most people simply go with one they’ve either used before or seen on TV, or even just whichever one has the fanciest label. There are, however, some important things your dentist will tell you to look out for when buying your toothpaste.


All dentists agree that fluoride is one of the most important ingredients of commercial toothpastes. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and also helps repair damage caused by decay. Check your toothpaste label for sodium fluoride or monofluoride phosphate.

Useless Additives

Don’t be fooled by toothpastes that claim to whiten your teeth or reduce tarter. Whiteningtoothpastes cannot change the colour of your teeth but merely remove surface stains, and can also irritate and damage gum tissue. Tartar-control ingredients in toothpastes prevent tartar but cannot remove it, and can cause mouth irritation.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

If you have a sensitive mouth, avoid an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS can irritate the gums and lining of the mouth, and can also lead to canker sores. If you’ve noticed these symptoms before, check your toothpaste’s ingredients for SLS and switch to a new type of toothpaste if need be.

Dentist Melbourne CBD

If you’re worried you’ve been using the wrong toothpaste for you or simply haven’t had a check-up in more than six months, it’s time for a visit to your local dentist. Melbourne Central Dental offers general and cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and sleep dentistry. To make an appointment, call03 8608 8968.

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Created: 06 November 2014