Toothpaste is an essential part of dental hygiene. The right kind of toothpaste will help you clean plaque, remove bacteria and tooth decay and provide you with fresh breath for hours, but do you know the right one for you from the unending store aisle racks filled with countless toothpaste brands? It is agony beyond compare.
Our dentists are giving you some simple tips to choose a toothpaste that can serve its best purpose for you. Also, keep in mind that this is not a promotional article for any particular brand.
Some Tips to Choose the Right Toothpaste?
Look for the ADA Seal of Approval
First things first. The fundamental criterion which makes a toothpaste fit for use is the seal of approval from the Australian Dental Association. The process of providing this assurance involves a team of expert dentists checking a toothpaste to ensure it performs as described by the manufacturer.
A toothpaste must meet the safety and quality standards set by the Australian government to be marked as ADA approved. It is a genuine and reliable procedure to provide the seal and cannot be bought with money. When you see this seal on a toothpaste pack, you can be sure of its usefulness.
Check the Fluoride Levels
The outermost layer of our teeth is called the enamel. It is made up of many minerals, the chief amongst them being hydroxyapatite. The enamel fights against tooth decay and helps keep your teeth healthy. Fluoride is a natural mineral which helps strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride is naturally found in water and many food items and is also specially added to drinking water to help reduce tooth decay.
Enamel is constantly under attack of acids from food and bacteria – once destroyed, the enamel cannot be regenerated by our body. Therefore, it is critical to saving the enamel by using fluoride in toothpaste. A toothpaste containing the right amount of fluoride can work wonders for your teeth. The right level of fluoride in toothpaste is considered to be one part per million.
How About Teeth Whitening Toothpastes?
Our teeth tend to stain over time by the food and drinks we consume. Chromogens are the chemical compound which is responsible for giving our foods their colours. Red wine, tea, coffee, soy sauce, curries, and even smoking cigarettes discolour our teeth.
Many toothpaste brands claim to whiten your teeth, which are those that use tooth-abrasive method to remove the stains. They can be used once in a while, but long exposure of teeth to these toothpastes can damage the enamel. Regular use of teeth whitening toothpastes over a long period of time can lead to sensitivity and breaking of tooth enamel.
Do Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Work?
Sensitive toothpaste can re-mineralise your teeth and make the enamel stronger which leads to reduced teeth sensitivity. You can buy over-the-counter sensitive toothpastes or ask our dentists to prescribe the best for you. Remember that these toothpastes take time to show the results. You must be patient and use them for a while before coming to any conclusions.
There’s No Accounting for Taste
Most of us do not like some tastes. Toothpastes also come with added flavours to stand up to your preference of this taste. You can pick the taste of your toothpaste to give a fresh start to your day or end a hectic day peacefully.
Flavoured toothpastes are a boon for parents whose kids won’t brush their teeth without some persuasion. Flavours such as strawberry and bubble-gum motivate kids to brush their teeth.
Pick Ones for Your Children
Adult toothpastes are composed of abrasive materials to work on their teeth. Children do not need these harsh chemicals on their teeth. Also, children tend to swallow the toothpastes while brushing their teeth. Strong chemicals can harm further if swallowed, hence, children’s toothpastes are gentle and don’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate.
These tips may ease out the process of choosing the right toothpaste for you but do consult our dentist to be prescribed with the best toothpaste for your teeth. Visit Healthy Smiles Dental Group or reach us via below.