If you’ve been to the supermarket lately, you may have noticed all of the different kinds of toothpaste out there available for purchase. It can seem a little overwhelming if you’re trying to choose a new brand or type! Different kinds of toothpaste can give added benefits to your teeth and help you fight other dental problems you may be experiencing. When it comes time to choose a toothpaste, it is best to choose in accordance with the unique needs of your oral health.
All toothpaste has two kinds of ingredients in common. They contain abrasive agents, such as calcium carbonate and silicates, that scratch the surface of your teeth to remove food, some staining, plaque, and bacteria from your teeth. The other ingredient is flavoring that make the toothpaste taste better. You can choose whichever flavor of toothpaste is more pleasant for you.
Toothpaste with Fluoride
Fluoride is the most important ingredient to look for when choosing a toothpaste. It has been used over the last 50 years or so and has contributed to a sharp drop in tooth decay and cavities. The mineral protects the teeth from acid formed after bacteria feeds on sugars and starches and strengthens tooth enamel. Even if you live in an area where drinking water is fluoridated, using fluoride toothpaste is an essential tool to protect your teeth and contribute positively to your oral health.
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
Some people, especially as they get older, find that their teeth are irritated by hot or cold temperatures. This can make the enjoyment of their favorite food and drink a painful experience. If this is happening to you, your dentist might advise you to start using toothpaste for sensitive teeth. This toothpaste usually contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, chemical compounds which block pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves. You should start feeling relief about 4 weeks after starting usage of the toothpaste.
Many kinds of toothpaste are being marketed as able to whiten your teeth. These typically do not contain bleaches but rather have added abrasive agents to polish the teeth. Though these toothpastes will not damage your teeth, if you are looking for effective whitening, they are no substitute for a professionally done whitening treatment course available from your dentist.
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