Toothpaste can be a powder, gel or paste which you brush onto your teeth and gums to get rid of the accumulating plaques and improving your oral health. Toothpaste is essential in fighting off gum disease. Most toothpaste contain fluoride which strengthens tooth enamel and fights tooth decay.
Contents of a Toothpaste:
– Gentle abrasives, like calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts, dehydrated silica gels and hydrated calcium oxides.
-Humectant substances like glycerol and sorbitol which keep the toothpaste from drying out.
– Thickeners such as mineral colloids, seaweed, synthetic cellulose and natural gum to give the toothpaste a uniform texture and appearance.
– Fluoride to strengthen the tooth enamel and resistant to decay.
– Detergents like to make the toothpaste foamy.
– Flavoring agents like saccharin which do not cause tooth decay.
Picking the right Toothpaste for Your Teeth
With the wide range of toothpaste options available, finding the right toothpaste for your teeth may be a bit challenging. When choosing a toothpaste, first ensure that the product is safe and does what it claims. FDA regulates toothpastes containing fluoride. These products therefore display standard drug facts on the package, listing the active ingredients, relevant information and warnings. It is advised that you steer away from toothpastes which do not clearly state the ingredients or is not labelled properly.
Benefits of Fluoride in Toothpaste
Fluoride is among the core ingredients in a toothpaste. It has a number of benefits; It heals and re-mineralizes the microscopic cavities, it hardens the surface of the tooth thus making it resistant to bacterial attack. It also slows down the action of the bacteria.
Fluoride is poisonous when consumed in large quantities. The risk of ingested fluoride is high in children. However, children can not swallow enough toothpaste during normal brushing to cause serious problems. To be on the safe side, Balmain dental clinic specialist Dr. Lisa Chong suggests that children under the age of 5 should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. They should also be supervised while brushing to ensure they do not swallow the paste at the end of brushing.
Toothpaste for Particular Gum Conditions
If your teeth are sensitive, look for toothpaste with ingredients like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. Choose a toothpaste containing zinc citrate, triclosan and pyrophosphates to fight tartar buildup or gingivitis. You can also find toothpastes designed to eliminate bad breath or help whiten stained teeth. You can also speak with your dentist for recommendations on toothpaste that will work best for you.