Dr. Richard Caron: Reading a Toothpaste Label

Do you know how to decode the label on your toothpaste? There are some helpful hints to be found on your tube of toothpaste, to ensure you are using the best toothpaste for you and your family. First, you should look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. All A-D-A approved tooth pastes contain fluoride, an element that helps to prevent tooth decay. Many other common ingredients in toothpaste are whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide, anti-hypersensitivity agents, anti-microbial agents, and additives that help with tartar control. Look for toothpaste that targets any dental concerns you may have. And if you have any questions about your toothpaste, ask your dentist for recommendations.