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Sweet Tooth(paste)

Picking out a toothpaste can be more than a little confusing because there are so many choices. One freshens breath. One is good for sensitive teeth. One whitens. One brightens. One removes tartar. One prevents gum disease. Ahhhh??!!??

So how do you choose?

The popular brands, like Crest and Colgate, all contain pretty much the same ingredients - abrasives, detergent, binding agents and humectants (to keep it moist and together), flavoring (mostly sugar), preservatives, fluoride, and water. Yum.

You should try to pick one that contains fluoride, but whichever one you choose, they all pretty much do the same thing. It's the actual act of brushing that helps to remove tartar, plaque, and food.

Use a soft bristle toothbrush, and replace it every 3 months. I change mine with the seasons and always put new toothbrushes in my family's stockings (Christmas is so close to Winter Solstice). Brush along your gum line in a circular motion, making sure to clean every inch of tooth. End with a couple of brushes on the surface of your tongue to get rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Fit's Tip: If you're looking for a natural toothpaste that doesn't contain artificial ingredients or dyes, think about switching to Tom's of Maine toothpaste. It's flavored with natural oils instead of sugar.

Join The Conversation
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I like the basic Crest white toothpaste. We use the Oral B Triumph electric toothbrush, it is freaking awesome! Our dentist noticed a difference after we started using it.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I just asked 4 brits on my MSN...they all said they don't do it: says: never have, never will. says: Americans do that cos they are product-obsessed :ROTFL:
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Take a random poll!! LOL!! My mum didn't even know what it was when she moved from the UK to Canada. My husband had never used it before and his sister said "ooh, we don't use that because we don't have gaps between our teeth." :ROTFL:
DStirk DStirk 10 years
Brits don't floss? Wow, that is so bizarre? how do you know that? haha i am dying laughing right now for some reason.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i love toms of maine. i won't use any other kind of toothpaste now. they all taste sugary to me.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Don't forget to floss!!!!! I just changed our toothbrushes. I do it every 3 months, too. I'm religious about taking care of my teeth and my husband and I went to a dentist together and she looked in his mouth (found 3 cavities and a HOST of bad dental work in the past) and then looked in my mouth, gave me a quick exam and said "see you in 6 months for another check-up" What a difference good dental care makes. He's since become quite strict about flossing and brushing and is looking forward to starting to reverse years of lazy habits and never having flossed until he was 33 years old. You can reverse early gum problems and the dentist we have is quite certain he'll be fine if he keeps up his new, improved habits. Brits don't floss, I don't get it!?!?
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