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How to Switch Up Your Toothpastes for Twice the Fun
by lawrence fung, DDS, friendly guest contributor Published: March 11, 2020
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Lawrence Fung is a dentist, entrepreneur, and one of our expert contributors here on the hello blog. After earning his DDS at the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry, Lawrence served as a General Dentist in the US Navy for four years. Since then, he’s mixed his dental credentials with his love for startups by founding SiliconBeach.Dental, a new breed of dental clinic in LA that leverages tech to make high-quality care more accessible and friendlier than ever before. When he’s not challenging the dental status quo, Lawrence reps his beloved Trojans, crushes hotdog-eating contests, and loves yodeling.
Photo: antiplaque and whitening toothpastes and tablets
As you might expect, we’ve got strong opinions about the central components of a healthy oral care regimen: Brushing, flossing and mouthwashing would all absolutely be on our Mount Rushmore (Brushmore?) of how to best maintain your mouth. But the fact is that when it comes to the building blocks of good oral health, you do have flexibility in how those “blocks” are stacked – and in choosing the materials that they’re made of. What we’re saying is that you don’t have to stick to the same paste, floss or mouthwash every day, and there are actually some compelling reasons why you may want to mix things up.
Why switch up your toothpastes?
Choosing the right toothpaste comes down to what your objectives are – but sometimes, those objectives change throughout the day. Perhaps you work in close quarters with other folks and want to be extra sure that your breath is nice and minty fresh for their benefit… but you personally prefer using a paste that’s more fruity in flavor. The best bet for you might be a mint-forward morning paste (like our natural whitening paste with farm grown mint), and then a less-traditional flavor option (like charcoal + matcha) to look forward to in the evening. Diversification! Or maybe you’re one of those folks that likes to brush 3 times a day and prefers a fluoride paste… but you also want to make sure you don’t overdo it on fluoride exposure. Easy enough: simply store a fluoride free paste at work for your afternoon brush-up. Got a different scenario? We could do this all day. Have sensitive teeth but also want to get in some whitening and breath freshening? Boom. Hemp seed oil toothpaste in the morning, Sensitivity Relief at night. Only looking for a paste to provide occasional tooth brightening help? Sprinkle in activated charcoal whitening toothpaste when you’d like, leave it on the shelf the rest of the time.
The point is that you hardly wear the same set of clothes every day – you just make sure that the clothes you’re wearing achieve your goals (Instagram likes, successful job interviews, etc.). Same goes for toothpastes: no shame in switching up what you’re using on a daily basis as long as it keeps you happy and on the road to international oral health stardom.
Bundles of joy from hello
If you’re interested in a curated brushing experience, we’d be more than happy to lend a hand. Here at hello we’ve assembled a number of dynamic combos to keep your brushing experience joyful and delectable. Our AM/PM bundles are designed to provide eye-opening minty freshness in the morning, and then impressive whitening at night to remove the stains of the day. Plus, they make a really cute couple on your countertop. And if you’re looking to focus on a specific ingredient profile (like hemp or charcoal), we’ve put together a range of fun packages that’ll keep you covered from brush to swish.
So make sure you’re hitting all three major phases of a good oral care routine. But don’t be afraid to loosen your collar and mix up the flavors and attributes of the products you use. Variety is the spice of life!