Choosing the best toothpaste should be straightforward, but there is a terrific selection, and it can get confusing. There is toothpaste to whiten teeth or to control tooth sensitivity, while other brands promise to help control plaque and tartar. Other choices include natural toothpaste and pediatric toothpaste. There are several common ingredients found in most brands of toothpaste and which include glycerol, calcium carbonate, sodium lauryl sulphate, and sorbitol.
Glycerol is a humectant, meaning it prevents the toothpaste from drying out and gives it a consistent texture. Sorbitol also helps to give toothpaste a more consistent texture, and it makes it pleasantly sweet as it is a sugar substitute. Calcium carbonate is an abrasive that helps to remove surface stains and plaque. Other abrasives you might find in toothpaste include hydrated aluminum oxide, phosphate salts and silicates, dehydrated silica gels, and magnesium carbonate. Have you noticed your toothpaste foams up quite pleasingly when you use it? This is because of sodium laurel sulphate which is a detergent. However, if you suffer from mouth sores or canker sores in Ajax, it might be worth trying a toothpaste without this ingredient because it can cause mouth irritation in some people.
One other common ingredient in most toothpaste brands is fluoride.
Fluoride was introduced into toothpaste over a hundred years ago and helps protect your teeth against tooth decay by hardening your tooth enamel. This increases its resistance against acid erosion. Most toothpaste contains at least a little bit of fluoride, but some people may benefit from prescription strength fluoride toothpaste. Your dentist in Whitby can discuss this with you if appropriate.
Who doesn’t want a whiter and brighter smile? Whitening toothpaste works by removing some slight surface stains from smoking or from drinking coffee, for example. To work properly, whitening toothpaste frequently contains special abrasives to mechanically removes stains or chemicals that can break down and dissolve stains. If you do want to use whitening toothpaste, make sure it’s not too abrasive because otherwise, it could harm your tooth enamel. Bear in mind that the overall effect of using whitening toothpaste is pretty minimal.
Natural toothpaste may be fluoride-free and can work equally as well as ordinary fluoride toothpaste. However, often natural toothpaste isn’t clinically proven to help prevent tooth decay which is the case with more traditional toothpaste that has received the seal of approval from the Canadian Dental Association. If you do want to choose natural toothpaste, the main thing is to ensure that you are brushing your teeth correctly as you need the proper technique to remove plaque effectively.
Pediatric toothpaste is designed to appeal to kids and could come in flavours other than the standard mint. If you have children and getting them to brush regularly is a challenge, it could be worth letting them choose toothpaste in a flavour that appeals to them. Also, very young children may need fluoride-free toothpaste until they develop the ability to spit out excess toothpaste. If you are at all unsure about which toothpaste is best for your child, ask our dental team here at Margolian Dentistry for help and advice.
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
If you have sensitive teeth, using a toothpaste especially for this purpose can be useful. The toothpaste contains specific compounds, for example, potassium nitrate that works by blocking open pathways in the tooth that lead directly to the nerve. Usually, the effect is cumulative so you will need to use the toothpaste for several weeks to get the full benefits. However, it is essential to see a dentist in Oshawa for any persistent tooth sensitivity, just in case it is caused by a dental problem requiring treatment.