Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Toothpaste

  • Ensure it contains fluoride
  • Look for toothpaste recommended by the ADA (American Dental Association)
  • Avoid buying toothpaste which:
    • Contains baking soda - most agree it's ineffective
    • Contains peroxide - the Canadian government doesn't permit peroxide in toothpaste because it might cause cancer
    • Claims to control tartar - it's unlikely to be effective
    • Claims to take care of your gums - it's unlikely to be effective
    • Claims to whiten your teeth - it's unlikely to be effective
    • Has a seal on package which doesn't represent a recognized group of experts

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