How Do I Choose a Toothpaste?
Has it ever occurred that picking out a toothpaste sometimes is a real task, with so many choices out there? Some people might be puzzled about the choice of toothpaste while some never really paid attention.
How does a toothpaste keep the teeth clean?
Surprisingly, there are quite a number of components in a toothpaste in order to make it effective. A standard toothpaste contains these agents to maintain dental health.
The fluoride in the toothpaste article protects the enamel from wearing out.
The abrasives mainly remove plaque, tartar and stains caused by the various food and beverages we consume, also polish the teeth. Most toothpastes contain calcium carbonate for this reason.
Mild detergents present in the paste create foam to extricate food debris and bacterial plaque. Sodium lauryl sulfate is the most common one found in toothpastes. Humectants and thickeners like cellulose gum contribute to the toothpaste’s texture and moisture retention.
The toothpaste has preservatives to inhibit microbial growth. Otherwise, the moisture content in the toothpaste is the perfect breeding ground for microorganisms.
Flavoring and coloring agents make the toothpaste palatable and look attractive to use.
Ensure it is ADA approved: ADA (American Dental Association) sets the benchmark for the quality of toothpastes guaranteeing the safety of your teeth. When choosing a toothpaste, ensure that it is ADA approved.
Which kind of toothpaste should I use?
Here are a few pointers to help you choose your toothpaste.
1 Cavities: If you are a sugar lover, then there is a very high likelihood of suffering with cavities. There are special toothpastes with mineral fluoride to fight of cavity causing bacteria.
2 Stained Teeth: Toothpastes with strong abrasives can cure excessively stained teeth. The tartar deposits on the teeth cause such staining. However, ensure that the enamel of the tooth does not get damaged.
Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity causes toothaches when the teeth encounter anything that is cold or hot. Toothpastes formulated exclusively for sensitive teeth are the best option. They desensitize the teeth and reduce the pain.
Whitening: With age the enamel on the teeth wear off and start to look dull. The teeth lose their whiteness (not to be confused with stained teeth) for which there are whitening toothpastes to give that sparkling smile.
Bad breath: Some toothpastes have stronger flavoring agents to fight bad breath. They also have strong bacteria fighting agents to beat bad breath.
Natural: For those who prefer nature’s touch, there are herbal toothpastes that have organic ingredients. They have the same benefits of a regular toothpaste.
Dentures: Finally, those with dentures can use any regular toothpaste that is ADA approved. However, there are special solutions that help in maintaining the dentures, usually prescribed by the dentist.
Based on your dental needs, you can choose the appropriate toothpaste. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly can keep your teeth healthy. After all, “a smile is an inexpensive way to change the way you look.”