What Kind of Toothpaste Should You Purchase?

Brushing with toothpaste keeps your teeth clean and healthy, and prevents cavities; however, the ADA recommends that any toothpaste you buy has the ADA Seal of Acceptance and contains fluoride
A dentist can examine the teeth and recommend which toothpaste to use to make them healthy. (Unsplash)
A dentist can examine the teeth and recommend which toothpaste to use to make them healthy. (Unsplash)

the Brushing with toothpaste keeps your teeth clean and healthy, prevents cavities and gum disease, and keeps your mouth clean. However, the American Dental Association recommends that any toothpaste you buy bear the ADA Seal of Acceptance and contains fluoride.

This naturally occurring mineral helps to prevent cavities by making the enamel or outer surface of your teeth more resistant to acid attacks that cause tooth decay. "Studies also show that fluoride remineralizes tooth enamel during the early stages of cavity formation," according to the researchers.

A dentist can examine teeth and recommend which toothpaste to use to make them healthier. For example, "If your teeth are prone to high caries risk, that is, getting cavities, then fluoride content toothpaste may be recommended." 

Toothpaste comes in various forms, such as gel, creamy paste, or powder, and may contain similar or different ingredients, while all toothpastes differ slightly.

A dentist can examine the teeth and recommend which toothpaste to use to make them healthy. (Unsplash)
Dental Erosion-Chemical Loss Of Mineralized Teeth

What are the ingredients of toothpaste?

  1. Abrasives: Toothpaste contains mild abrasive additives that fight bacteria and plaque. When you brush your teeth, the abrasives in toothpaste dislodge food debris and microorganisms more effectively than water. The abrasives also remove stains and polish the surface of the tooth. Furthermore, some toothpaste contains ingredients such as triclosan and Xylitol. These chemicals inhibit the growth of plaque-causing bacteria. Plaque causes cavities and can lead to more severe problems such as periodontal disease.

  2. Fluoride: Fluoride is an essential component of toothpaste. As microorganisms in your mouth digest food debris, they produce acid and sulphur byproducts that erode tooth enamel. This is a modern way of saying that acid on your teeth causes cavities. The sulfur byproduct is just a fancy scientific name for bad breath. Fluoride works to neutralize acid and protect teeth. Brushing incorporates fluoride into the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid and plaque.

  3. Sweetening and Flavouring Agents: Isn't it true that not all toothpaste tastes the same? The flavouring or sweetening agents used in toothpaste have nothing to do with fighting microorganisms and plaque. Still, one of the most important selling points in selecting a toothpaste brand is taste. Flavouring agents mask the flavour of some of the other ingredients in toothpaste, and without them, no one would brush their teeth twice or three times a day.

"With any toothpaste, rinsing afterwards reduces benefits because it washes away the fluoride, which helps to remineralize teeth and reduces sensitivity." A good rule of thumb is to wait 30 minutes after brushing before rinsing, eating, or drinking.
Dr. Navya Nagesh, BDS, Karnataka

What Is the Best Toothpaste?

You can select the best toothpaste brand and now understand its key components. If you smoke or drink coffee, you should choose a product with the highest fluoride content. You're looking for a brand with at least 1,000 parts per million without a prescription (PPM). 

If you have yellow teeth, look for a brand with more silicates. A whitening product will gradually change its colour from yellow to white. If cavities are a significant concern, you'll want a product with exceptional cavity-fighting power. If you have a plaque problem, tartar buildup can be prevented using tartar-fighting toothpaste. Finally, if you have sensitive gums and teeth, then choose the best product that addresses the underlying cause of the sensitivity.

As you can see, toothpaste contains various ingredients intended to protect and improve your teeth. Whatever problem you have with your teeth, there is a product that can help you solve it. Consider your requirements before selecting from the options listed above.

When it comes to sensitive teeth, whitening, or bad breath.

If your teeth are prone to high caries risk, that is, getting cavities, then fluoride content toothpaste may be recommended. (Unsplash)
If your teeth are prone to high caries risk, that is, getting cavities, then fluoride content toothpaste may be recommended. (Unsplash)

If you have sensitive teeth, your dentist recommends using toothpaste containing arginine bicarbonate. Arginine bicarbonate seals off the dentinal tubules of your tooth, which are frequently exposed when your gum tissue recedes, or you have a chipped tooth. Your sensitivity is reduced by sealing the tubules. Furthermore, if you're concerned about tooth staining or lousy breath, look for toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide, whitening your teeth from the inside out while also reducing harmful bacteria in your mouth. Eliminating bad bacteria will eventually make your breath smell better. Unfortunately, bad breath can also be a sign of tooth decay, necessitating a visit to the dentist.

"The dentist is the best person to advise you on which toothpaste to use." To keep your teeth healthy, brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss or clean between your teeth at least once a day, and brush using the modified bass method. 

A dentist can examine the teeth and recommend which toothpaste to use to make them healthy. (Unsplash)
Modified Bass Method - Currently Used Tooth Brushing Technique

After brushing, do not rinse.

Dentists recommend not rinsing immediately after brushing to get the most out of your toothpaste. When you rinse after brushing, you wash away the active ingredients, often before they can do their job. "After brushing, spit the excess toothpaste into the sink, but leave the tiny bubbles that form around your teeth to strengthen them and work to keep your mouth healthy."

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