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Different Types of Toothpaste, A Rundown


So you may not put a lot of thought into all the different types of toothpaste available in the toothpaste aisle unless you have a specific issue with your teeth that you’re addressing. Are they really all that different after all? In case you’re wondering how different they are really, here’s a rundown from your SunWest dentist of the most common types.

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Anti-decay toothpaste
This is your most basic type of toothpaste, and they will all contain fluoride in some form or another. Adult versions typically contain 1,000 ppm of fluoride while a children’s toothpaste will have around 500 ppm and will have a cartoon logo and be flavored to the tastes of children.

Desensitizing toothpaste
There are a few different types of desensitizing toothpaste, the majority of which contain Potassium as an active ingredient. This includes brands such as Sensodyne and Crest Pro-Health. They work by interrupting the pain response in teeth. There’s another type of desensitizing toothpaste that’s newer on the market and is designed to mimic the body’s ability to remineralize teeth, thereby filling in the pores of teeth. Its active ingredients are Arginine and Calcium, but it’s not as widely available just yet.

Anti-plaque toothpaste
This kind is specifically geared to reduce plaque accumulation and reduce the toxic effects of bacteria on the gums. Different brands of anti-plaque toothpastes contain different active ingredients.

Whitening toothpaste
These toothpastes whiten teeth by using coarse abrasives in their formula, which scrub the stains on the surface of your teeth. While they may work in the short-term, prolonged use of whitening toothpastes can wear away the tooth enamel. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, talk to your dentist about at-home or in-office whitening options.

While different toothpastes may have specific dental issues that they target, all of these types of toothpaste will typically contain fluoride for cavity prevention. If you have a specific issue, talk to your Arizona dentist about which is the best types and brands to use. SunWest Dental can help you with that by making an appointment here.

SunWest Dental Centers has nine valley wide convenient locations in Apache Junction, Biltmore, Buckeye, Chandler, Mesa, Prescott Valley, San Tan Valley, Sun City, and Tempe

Apache Junction

1601 W. Apache Trail, #2
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 982-4200
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407 N. 4th Street
Buckeye, Arizona 85326
(623) 327-3206
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2175 N. Alma School Road, #C108
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 782-6200
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600 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 610-5100
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Prescott Valley

8256 E. Hwy #69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 772-4433
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San Tan Valley

2510 E Hunt Hwy, Ste 28
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
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Sun City

13000 N. 103rd Avenue, #85
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 583-6666
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7660 S McClintock Dr. Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 831-8022
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