So, as we all know it’s the time of year when many of us sit back and think about a little resolution or two that you’d like to make come true in the new year. Maybe it’s time to finally try that diet you’ve been reading about. Or maybe 2019 is the year you’re going to vow to quit tobacco for good. Whatever healthy changes you’re thinking of making, your Northcutt dentist will be here to support you.

But here’s a question for you – What about changing your toothpaste? Maybe you’re loyal to the same brand, you have been for years. Maybe you just get whatever toothpaste is on sale. Maybe you’ve been told to use a special toothpaste by your Northcutt dentist or hygienist. Whatever your answer, perhaps it’s time to make sure you’re using a toothpaste that’s going to help your teeth instead of doing nothing or, even worse, harm your smile.

The Tale of Too Many Toothpastes

Have you ever really stopped and counted just how many toothpaste options there are at the grocery store or your local drug store? It may take, and you might want need to head to the headache relief aisle when you’re through. There are so many different brands to choose from each with several different toothpaste options and flavors. If you’re unsure what toothpaste you should be using, it’s always a good idea to ask your Northcutt dentist or hygienist. You can always feel free to call your neighborhood Northcutt office too if you find yourself completely lost or unsure what you should choose to take care of your smile.

Know Your Goals

When choosing your new toothpaste, it’s always a good idea to ask yourself what you want to achieve with your smile besides just regular cleaning and brushing. Do you want your teeth to be whiter, less sensitive, or cleaner so you can spend less time in the dental chair during your next visit to Northcutt Dental? Once you’re able to figure out what your smile goals are, you’ll be able to at least eliminate some of the options so that making your final toothpaste decision is less overwhelming.

Back to The Basics

If you’re still not sure what type of new toothpaste might work for your smile, take into consideration some of the bigger types or categories you have to choose from. Once you know which one of these might help you, then you can decide which brand you’d like to try. The most popular types of toothpastes include whitening, anti-plaque, fluoride, and desensitizing. Choose one of these four categories and start from there.

Remember that brushing twice a day (and remember to floss once daily) is essential to effective at-home care so that you get a great checkup every time you visit your Northcutt dentist or hygienists. If you have any questions about choosing a toothpaste or how to take extra special care of your smile, never hesitate to schedule a visit at any of Northcutt Dental’s several locations (Bay Minette, Cottage Hill/Mobile, Fairhope, Semmes, Helena, and Hoover) across Greater Birmingham and the Alabama Gulf Coast.

And don’t forget to ask about our Dental Assistance Savings Plan if you or your family is without dental insurance coverage this year. You can still get the advanced, affordable dental care you deserve without sacrificing your smile health.

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