Brushing our teeth is something we do every day, but what about our toothpaste? Is the one we use the one we really need? Some people buy the most popular brand, others the one with a better price, but do we really know how is it helping our teeth?
Whether you’re using paste for sensitive gums, stained teeth, cavities, and other conditions, it’s important to be informed about which type of toothpaste is better for our teeth and why.
There are so many brands that we would never end, so for now we’ll leave that aside and focus on other things that matter most. When choosing a trustful toothpaste, we must be sure that it’s certificated. This will allow us to know if the product has been tested and its ingredients are effective. Also, the taste or scent it does not interferes with the dentifrice’s effectiveness, so feel free to choose your favorite flavor as long as the product is certificated.
Read the ingredients on the back of the tube or box, in any type of brand you must find the following three main ingredients:
- Calcium carbonate or silicates: these are scratchy agents that allow your teeth to be thoroughly cleaned, they provide abrasion so that you can remove food particles and bacteria.
- Detergent: this ingredient is able to kill the bacteria that is on your teeth. This helps cleans your teeth and causes the suds that you see while brushing.
- Artificial Sweeteners: since calcium carbonate and fluoride don’t taste good by themselves, different artificial flavors are available.
Types of Toothpaste
Like we said, any kind of dentifrice must have the three ingredients mentioned above. The majority combine the caries protection of fluoride with other ingredients to control plaque, tartar and gum disease.
Not all people can use the same toothpaste, every one of us has different needs and conditions, so we must find the one that suits us best. The main types of toothpaste you can find in any store are the following:
1. Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride protects and strengthens the teeth to prevent tooth decay, and its use it’s recommended for adults and kids. People suffering from health issues that make them susceptible to tooth decay should use fluoride toothpaste.
2. Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
If you have signs of sensitive teeth, such as paint when drinking very hot or cold beverages, or eating a specific type of food you might be experiencing sensitive teeth.
The sensitivity can appear when there is an exposed root or if the enamel is weak; make an appointment with your dentist of trust so he can give you a proper diagnosis. If you have sensitive teeth, he will recommend you a specific toothpaste that will give you relief in no time.
3. Whitening Toothpaste
These pastes are primarily used for cosmetic benefits only. Our enamel tends to lose its whiteness with age, and also depending on the eating and health habits some people may have. Some whitening toothpaste use fluoride and an enzyme system.
If you want to fight cavities and maintain your teeth as white as possible, you should look for a toothpaste that would not only make your teeth cleaner but also brighter. Some dentifrices contain baking soda that prevents stains and peroxide that lightens the color of your teeth.
4. Natural Toothpaste
These toothpaste are made from herbal extracts and other natural ingredients, such as essential oil of ginger, and other natural ingredients. Thus, it is important to check if these type of toothpaste contain fluoride; if they don’t then the toothpaste will not be as useful as others.
Now that you know a bit more about the different type of toothpaste there are available, you can choose the one that suits your needs better. Make an appointment with your dentists of trust if you have any doubts or are experiencing a dental condition, he/she will be able to tell you which one is the one for you.
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