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Does switching toothpaste matter?

I heard it's good for your mouth to switch toothpastes once in a while. Is there any truth to this?

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Yes it might cause some allergic reactions type of symptoms..
Like everything else, it is a good idea to switch it up every so often, but if you have found a brand that you are familiar with and, most of all, are happy with, I say stick to it. If you have the opportunity to try something new, go for it, because if you're not happy, you can always go back to the one that you like.
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Yes. Bacterias can get used and then toothpastes are not efficient anymore.
There are many toothpastes available, if you find one that you like, use it. Some toothpastes are can cause sensitivities or can slough off your gums tissue.
I have not personally seen any research on this I have see. Switching toothpastes to cause secondary reactions that lead to sensitivity as well as burning sensations. I am of the mind frame that if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. If it works stick with it.
Not that I’ve heard any.
Using a non abrasive mostly natural toothpaste with wound healing effects and soothing to the gingiva is my recommendation for daily use (i.e. Aloesense). For high risk cavity patients prescription toothpastes such as Prevident 5000 is highly recommended. It is not a bad practice to switch up your toothpastes once in a while, but look for ingredients that best works for your dental needs (i.e sensitivity, dry mouth, higher fluoride dose) and overall health.
Brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste is important. I personally think switching to a another toothpaste does not make it more effective. Stick with ones that you enjoy the taste will make brushing more enjoyable.
Does not matter as long as you brush the teeth regularly and with proper technique. What matters is also the presence of fluoride in your toothpaste.
I know of no scientific studies that would indicate that switching from one toothpaste to another same tooth paste is going to have any benefit for your oral health. If however you have an issue with one tooth paste, sloughing of tissue witch can occur in some individuals with some whitening or tarter control tooth pastes then switching would be good for your oral health. Dr. Grimm
It makes no difference which toothpaste that you use. The important thing is getting the brush in your mouth.
Switching your toothpaste doesn’t matter. Stick to a toothpaste that works best for you.

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Switching toothpastes is generally okay for most patients. In some cases, it may not be a good idea to change toothpastes. For instance, if you have sensitive teeth and are using a particular sensitivity toothpaste, switching toothpastes around may result in your teeth becoming more sensitive. Also in some cases, patients have been prescribed a toothpaste with a very high fluoride content, switching to a toothpaste without as much fluoride may increase risk of cavities in these patients.
Not really. As long as the toothpaste contains fluoride there is no reason to alternate brands.
No, even brushing w/o tooth is as effective as without it, the purpose of brushing is to remove plaques.
No. You should use the toothpaste that is best for your situation. Got a mouth full of cavities, talk to your dentist about a higher fluoride paste. Got dry mouth, use a toothpaste for dry mouth. Teeth sensitive? Use a sensitive-tooth toothpaste. Got several problems? Try Crest ProHealth or Colgate Total. Find what works and stick with it.
ANY toothpaste containing fluoride is fine. No benefit in switching.
On the whole, it probably doesn't really matter. Where it is sometimes important is in cases of extremely sensitive teeth. Some people need to use toothpastes that relieves sensitivity, and many find that, while effective initially, over time they seem to lose their effectiveness. Often switching to a different brand will restore effectiveness and
relieve sensitivity, but that will also diminish with time. Switching again to another different brand usually helps again, for a while. Eventually, the patient may end up getting good results from the original formulation once again.
I have not heard any benefit of switching toothpastes, but since there are so many great products out there, feel free to try a different brand. Just make sure it has the ADA seal and watch for any possible negative reactions like tooth sensitivity (sometimes from abrasive whitening toothpastes) or allergic reactions which rarely occur with cinnamon flavored toothpastes. Thanks for your question.
I can't find any information on spontaneously changing toothpaste being good for ones mouth, however, if the dentifrice you are using tastes bad, gets too expensive, irritates the gums, or has an ingredient like fluoride when you don't want it and vice versa then by all means change.
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In short, normally switching tooth pastes often does not help keep your mouth healthy. Most tooth pastes have the same ingredients. It has more to do with the technique of how you are brushing, the amount you are flossing and the type of tooth brush you are using. Hope this helps.

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I use whatever toothpaste I can get for free. As long as the toothpaste has fluoride, I am OK with it. Changing toothpaste is only necessary if the one you are using is causing sensitivity.
There are no studies I am aware of that support this idea. A good fluoride tooth paste is always a good choice for those 8 years and older. If you need a dentist, call the office of Dr. Brad Emery, Dr. Nicholas Emery and Dr. Carol Scuro, at 585-247-7110. Or check out our website at
No it doesn't really matter unless it is a prescription toothpaste by your dentist. You can use any ADA approved toothpaste.

In most cases, that would be a No. depends on what you mean by good. The old adage if it isn't broken don't fix it applies here. If you don't want to try the newest toothpaste and you are content with the one you're using and not having problems then stick with the one you're using. Hope that helps.

It's just a matter of individual taste no pun intended. As long as you're using an American Dental Association approved dentifrice you're in good hands. Look for a stamp of approval on your toothpaste make sure it's been properly researched.
Depending on dental diagnosis, we do advice certain type of tooth paste for certain problems. I can not understand why switching tooth paste is a good idea with out any reason
Usually not, but if you have been using non ADA approved tooth paste then go to the one approved, it will improve.
Not as long as your toothpaste is doing its job.