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If you’ve ever felt lost while in the toothpaste aisle, you’re not alone. It’s filled with hundreds of different boxes covered in all sorts of colors, each one vying for your attention. Sure, you can choose the toothpaste in the best-looking box with the most appetizing flavor, but is that really the toothpaste for you?

Use this list of some of the most popular toothpastes available to discover the perfect one for you:

Anti-Cavity: Almost all toothpaste available contains fluoride—a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent decay and strengthen tooth enamel. Unless you’re actively avoiding fluoride, almost every toothpaste available helps prevent cavities.

Anti-Gingivitis: If you’re gums are red or bleeding, you might have gingivitis. This is a mild form of gum disease that anti-gingivitis can help prevent by reducing oral bacteria.

Desensitizing: Feel pain when drinking a hot or cold beverage? Toothpaste for sensitivity may be the answer. Desensitizing toothpaste blocks the tooth’s pain signal to the nerve. However, if you are experiencing pain, it’s best to consult with your dentist.

Tarter Control: Get tartar and plaque under control with a toothpaste that helps break down plaque before it hardens and becomes more difficult to remove. It won’t help prevent tartar below the gum line, so regular dental cleanings are essential to removing plaque and subsequent bacteria.

Whitening: Toothpaste that helps whiten your teeth usually contains harsh chemicals that can actually increase sensitivity. If you want to brighten your smile, look for a toothpaste that contains peroxide or ask your dentist about a safer whitening option.

For Kids: Your kids should not be using the same toothpaste as you. Children’s toothpaste is safe to swallow and is available in kid-friendly flavors that promotes good dental hygiene. Toothpaste designed for kids also contains less fluoride, which can actually stain teeth if used excessively before they mature.

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