Brushing Up On Toothpaste

A glance at a store’s toothpaste selection can make your head spin. Narrow the choices by checking for the American

A glance at a store’s toothpaste selection can make your head spin. Narrow the choices by checking for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Then try this guide:

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1. ” image_url=”” title=”Skip the mouthwash pastes.” ]Pastes with mouthwash offer no advantage in beating bad breath, says Matt Messina of the ADA.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2. ” image_url=”” title=”Add baking soda.” ]All pastes contain a polisher and an abrasive. Baking soda is both. Choose this only if you prefer the taste.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3. ” image_url=”” title=”Lighten up.” ]Whitening pastes won’t get your teeth as white as if they’d been bleached, but they will brighten them more than a standard toothpaste, says Samuel Yankell, a dental scientist at the University of Pennsylvania.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4. ” image_url=”” title=”Skip the children’s toothpaste.” ]Kids don’t need their own toothpaste. And most don’t develop tartar until puberty, so a fluoride paste is enough, says Messina.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5. ” image_url=”” title=”Sensitive teeth?” ]Potassium nitrate on the label means this paste will help block your teeth’s pain receptors.[/step-item]
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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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