Q. What does fluoride toothpaste do?
A. It helps remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day. Plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.
Q. Will tartar-fighting toothpastes prevent gum disease?
A. No. Tartar control toothpastes will only assist with tartar buildup above the gum line. Regular flossing and proactive dental hygiene are still essential.
Q. Are whitening toothpastes okay to use if you have sensitive teeth?
A. No. Whitening toothpastes contain a higher level of abrasives. It’s best to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Q. Does The American Dental Association (ADA) test toothpastes?
A. Yes. The ADA Seal of Acceptance means they meet specific criteria for safety and effectiveness.
Q. Is it important for children’s toothpaste taste good?
A. Yes. This encourages brushing, use a “pea sized” amount and make sure they don’t swallow the toothpaste.
Q. How often should I use toothpaste?
A. Every time you brush. You should brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes and also floss.