Just about all of our patients have a question about an aspect of oral health. But they don’t ask because they think we’re too busy. Or they’re afraid of appearing dumb.
So their question goes unasked and unanswered.
We found one of the most frequently thought-about questions and have posted the answer here. We’ll tackle other unasked questions in our future articles too.
To begin with, no toothpaste will protect your smile if you are not careful about brushing and flossing. However, the correct gel or paste can help avoid gum soreness, discoloured teeth, cavities, and other more significant dental issues for individuals who follow their dentist’s instructions.
Second, only use ADA (Australian Dental Association) approved toothpaste. This approval indicates it includes the mineral fluoride, which the American Dental Association refers to as “nature’s cavity fighter.” It protects teeth from cavity-causing acids by coating them with a protective layer.
What’s The Best Type Of Toothpaste?
These days, toothpaste is generally considered a basic necessity. Various types of toothpastes are made to fix specific (or multiple) needs, such as sensitive tooth care, whitening/stain removal, plaque and tartar prevention, high fluoride, all-natural, and herbal toothpaste.
Naturally, marketers see each of us as potential customers. So it makes it difficult to evaluate the claims and promises. With so many choices, your search ends here as we help you uncover the toothpaste that’s right for you.
However, you need to remember that while toothpaste may get a lot of advertising money, what you put on your toothbrush is less important than using your toothbrush!
Important Active Ingredients in Toothpaste
Let’s take a look at some of the active ingredients in toothpaste and why they’re vital. Look at the label on your toothpaste (you may need reading glasses…it is a very small print, generally on the box it came in).
- Potassium Nitrate
- Sulfate Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Hydrated Silica
Sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors, including gum recession, gum disease, brushing too hard, and tooth grinding. If you have especially sensitive teeth, look for a product that can accommodate your concern. Desensitising toothpaste often includes compounds that block pain signals originating in the teeth.
It’s vital to try a variety of sensitive toothpaste because they all work differently, and we’ve found that what works for one individual may not work for another.
Whitening toothpaste has more abrasive particles to help remove stains, and some even have a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to help whiten teeth.
Whitening toothpaste used to contain larger particles that were excessively abrasive on teeth if used on a daily basis, but the formulation has been modified to include smaller particles that do not cause any substantial damage. While these particles will aid in the removal of stains, older and darker stains may necessitate the consultation of a dentist.
Plaque preventing, high fluoride and natural toothpaste:
Antibacterial agents like triclosan are used in calculus and plaque-prevention pastes to assist in minimising bacteria colonisation.
Patients with a high fluoride toothpaste (such as ‘Colgate Neutrafluor 5000’) may need to use it to help prevent new regions of decay from occurring since the fluoride in the toothpaste hardens any demineralised enamel.
There are different types of toothpaste with high fluoride and whitening capabilities (such as ‘Sensodyne Pronamel’) and some that serve various functions, such as reducing bacteria, staining, sensitivity, and whitening all in one.
Some individuals choose to brush their teeth with all-natural or herbal toothpaste. These have been proved to be just as effective, but one that contains fluoride is essential.
Choosing a toothpaste may seem simple. But it is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, serving as a necessary element in your oral hygiene routine. Rather than feeling overwhelmed and confused, use the guidelines mentioned here to choose which toothpaste is ideal for you. If you’re still having difficulties deciding, speak with your dentist.
At Rouse Hill Smiles Dental Care, we provide the best-in-class and affordable general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care services. So, if you are looking for a dentist consultation in Rouse Hill, visit us and meet our incredible team for all your dental needs.