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Lost in the Toothpaste Aisle? Our Kelowna Dentists’ Guide to Choosing the Right Toothpaste


Have you ever found yourself staring at the stacks of toothpaste on the grocery-store shelves, scanning descriptions on all the different coloured boxes, then finally grabbing the closest one because you couldn’t make a decision? It happens to the best of us. Your Kelowna Dental Clinic has compiled a list of the different types of toothpastes and their dental benefits to make your next trip to the toothpaste aisle an informed and easy one.

The two most common types of toothpaste are fluoride and tartar control toothpastes:

Fluoride Toothpaste

  • Increases enamel strength and prevents decay
  • Reduces the likelihood of cavities with daily use
  • Can reverse the stages of tooth damage by repairing the enamel

Tartar Control Toothpaste

  • When plaque isn’t removed from teeth, it hardens into tartar. Tartar control toothpaste decreases the chances of tartar forming on teeth.
  • Prevents gum disease
  • Does not remove tartar already built up on teeth

When choosing toothpaste, look for one that contains both of these two properties. It’s also important to ensure the toothpaste has a CDA (Canadian Dental Association) seal on the box.

Personal Preferences

You’ve now narrowed it down to a few choices using this guideline provided by Kelowna dentists. Now it’s up to your own personal preferences when making the final selection. Some of these options include:

  • Sensitive teeth – This formula works to prevent sensitivity to cold or hot food or drink. It lacks abrasives and usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to take effect.
  • Mild, non-abrasive – This formula works to prevent sensitivity to cold or hot food or drink. Toothpastes such as X-Pur Remin Premium, offered at Okanagan Smiles, is a smooth, creamy toothpaste that contains bio-available minerals to help remineralize your enamel.
  • Abrasives – Baking soda is added to increase the texture of the toothpaste. Many people prefer this kind of toothpaste for its cleansing feeling.
  • Whiteners – These toothpastes aid in the whitening process or can help maintain the shades of your teeth after whitening procedures have occurred.
  • Detergents – Detergents are added to give the toothpaste a “sudsy” effect that some users prefer.
  • Flavours – Aside from spearmint, peppermint, and cool mint, some toothpaste manufacturers have opted for cinnamon, bubble gum, and orange flavours to cater to your personal flavour preferences.
  • Dentures – Often times, it’s best to use denture-specific toothpaste when cleaning dentures.

Our Kelowna dentists would recommend staying away from abrasive toothpastes and those with additives such as hydrated silica or calcium carbonate. While these may whiten your teeth, the whitening is caused by scrubbing off the top layer of your enamel at the same time as removing the stains.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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