Currently there are over one thousand types of toothpastes in the world that cater to the different tastes of the public.
You can find toothpastes that taste like chocolate, bacon, cupcakes, you name it. The ingredients found in toothpaste might also vary; there are herbal toothpastes, those without fluoride and those with baking powder, amongst others.
With so many options which one should you choose?
A practical way to choose the right toothpaste for you is to choose it according to your specific oral health concern.
Toothpaste with tartar control will not remove existing tartar; however it does contain ingredients that will slow down the rate tartar keeps on building up and accumulating on your teeth. Tartar can produce stains along the gumline since it absorbs stains easily, by controlling tartar you will ensure your teeth remain sparky white.. A word of caution though, the same chemicals that prevent tartar might be too irritating for sensitive teeth.
Whitening toothpastes usually contain mild abrasives such as hydrated silica. Their function is to help scrub away the stains on your teeth without wearing down enamel. However, there are other ingredients such as sodium hexametaphosphate, which absorbs teeth-staining molecules. One of the most marketed ingredients in whitening toothpastes is hydrogen peroxide which is considered to be an effective whitening agent; however for it to be effective it needs to be in contact with teeth for a longer period of time.
If you experience pain when you eat cold or hot food, then you need a sensitive-teeth formula. Usually toothpastes for sensitive teeth contain potassium nitrate which penetrates the pores of teeth to form a layer of protection around the nerves.
Toothpastes with enamel protection formulas are usually gentler and less abrasive compared to other formulas. They might also contain ingredients that strengthen teeth such as calcium.
Fluoride has been approved by the American Dental Association and is one of the key ingredients added to toothpastes to prevent cavities.
By: Prisma Dental
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