Brushing your teeth properly and regularly is an important part of establishing and maintaining good oral health. Not only is the way you brush your teeth important, but the type of toothpaste you use is also a factor in keeping you and your family's mouth clean. Toothpastes contain different ingredients and offer different benefits, as detailed by the University of Rochester Medical Center. Whitening toothpaste, for example, is formulated to remove surface stains on the teeth, and plaque and tartar control toothpaste contains gentle abrasive agents and surfactants to help remove plaque and tartar deposits; the American Dental Association (ADA) explains the key differences between plaque and calculus (also known as tartar).
If done correctly, brushing with the right toothpaste for your and your family's needs can improve oral health and prevent the development of certain dental conditions.