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There is a lot of speculation about what ingredients make the best toothpaste. It is much simpler than it seems: let us clarify.

Strolling down the dental care aisle at your local grocery store may feel a bit overwhelming. After all, there is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing toothpaste. Some offer “tartar control,” others boast whitening effects, and some are designed for sensitivity. How can you know which one is truly best?

In spite of the endless array of choices, choosing toothpaste is actually very simple. First and foremost, your toothpaste should contain flouride, the element that strengthens tooth enamel, thereby fighting cavities. Nearly all toothpastes will have a similar degree of plaque and tartar fighting ability – but it is flouride that is most important.

If you have minor dental issues, such as sensitive teeth, it is certainly worthwhile to consider toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitivity. These products can make your daily life easier by limiting discomfort with hot and cold foods, while still providing the all-important flouride content that helps keep teeth strong.

For some people, over the counter options may not be sufficient. For people with receding gums, weakened enamel, or exposed root surfaces, dentists often advise prescription toothpastes. These varities contain high concentrations of flouride – much higher than can be purchased over the counter. These toothpastes can go a long way in helping protect vulnerable teeth from decay.