Trying new things is a great way to grow, discover your personal preferences, and figure out what works and what doesn’t. But when it comes to your smile, you don’t really have to do that much shopping around or switching it up regularly — that is, if you’ve found a quality toothpaste brand that you know you can trust to perform. “Switching toothpastes does not really increase its benefits,” said Dr. Sonal Bhoot, a Missouri-based licensed dentist and the founder of Dental Expressions. It’s actually the brushing style and tools that matter most.”
Brushing Technique Matters Most
But what’s the proper brushing technique anyway, and is it ever bad to never switch up your toothpaste? According to Bhoot, the proper regimen, which involves gently brushing twice a day for about two minutes to do a thorough job, should keep your teeth sparkling and your mouth healthy. And what about the proper equipment? Here’s where your toothbrush and toothpaste come into play. Whether you prefer a manual or electric operating style, you’ll want to look for a toothbrush with soft bristles. When it comes to toothpaste, look for one with fluoride.
Why You May Want to Change Your Toothpaste Brand
As it turns out though, there actually are a few reasons you might want to switch up your current toothpaste selection. According to Bhoot, if you’re using an abrasive toothpaste such as the charcoal-containing kind, then it's advisable to change your toothpaste because continual use of this kind of toothpaste can wear away the enamel over time. It might be time to look for a toothpaste like Sensodyne Rapid Relief, which provides relief from tooth sensitivity in as little as three days with twice daily brushing. Sensodyne also covers your oral care needs, from freshening breath to cavity protection.
Ever heard the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don't fix it”? That seems to be the case with toothpaste, as long as you’re using a toothpaste with fluoride. Brushing should be enjoyable, effective, and painless, so as long as you’re seeing the results you want at the dentist's office, it’s okay to stick to what you know and love.