Depending on your specific needs, there are a number of different toothpaste brands and types that will suit your needs. But first, you need to bear in mind that oral health companies are businesses just like any other, and although we would like to believe that more features and higher prices mean a superior product, it can often just be marketing and sale driving.
Firstly, you should always look for fluoride in your chosen toothpaste, as it coats your teeth and protects enamel.
If you have stained or discoloured teeth, it could be beneficial to use toothpaste with ‘whitening’, as these contain mild abrasives that will help prevent plaque build up, and attempt to remove stains. Keep in mind that you will most likely not be able to remove a stain that has been there for a while, and brushing too hard will actually damage your teeth by removing enamel and making them more susceptible to decay. If you are unable to remove stains or tartar build up, it’s time to see your local dentist!
If you have sensitive teeth, definitely seek out the sensitive toothpastes, as they contain different active ingredients like strontium chloride and potassium nitrate which act as desensitising agents.
When you’re brushing it can also be beneficial to brush and spit, but not rinse your mouth out afterwards, as this will allow fluoride-added toothpastes to sit on the teeth and continue to protect them.