Taking care of your teeth is critical. Your smile is important! Also, you only get one adult set of teeth. While they can be replaced, protecting your real teeth is ideal. Properly caring for your teeth can save you a significant amount of money too. If you maintain them properly then any dental work should be pretty minimal. The toothpaste you use is a vital aspect of keeping your teeth clean and there are many different options when it comes to toothpaste. We are going to educate you on what is in toothpaste and what to look for when you are buying it.
Toothpaste all by itself won’t keep your teeth clean. It requires you to regularly brush your teeth! The general rule of thumb is to brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice per day. Brushing removes the harmful bacteria and plaque that is on your teeth. So the first take away is, brush! No matter what kind of toothpaste you use, it won’t do any good if you aren’t brushing regularly.
Nearly every brand and type of toothpaste include an abrasive as an ingredient. Don’t worry though, this is a good thing. The abrasive material creates the scratchy sensation while you are brushing your teeth. There are multiple kinds of silicates in toothpaste, such as hydrated silica, hydrated alumina, and calcium carbonate. These are some of the same materials found in sand, which may seem weird or scary, but they do have a purpose. These in conjunction with the movement of the brush cleans harmful plaque and bacteria off of your teeth. However, they don’t sanitize your teeth, which is the job of the silicates.
The foam created when you brush your teeth is from the detergent in the toothpaste. The purpose of the detergent is to remove substances from your teeth, just like it does for dishes or laundry. It is specifically used for removing material that isn’t soluble. Usually objects that don’t dissolve in your mouth.
Good toothpaste will usually include other ingredients that will help make the toothpaste more effective. One of those ingredients is fluoride. Which is the main reason that cavities and tooth decay have become less common today than in the last 50 years. Fluoride strengthens the enamel of your teeth, and this helps prevent your teeth from cracking, chipping, and developing cavities. The other big benefit of fluoride is that it counters stains. Drinks such as coffee, wine, and soda, as well as cigarettes, weaken the enamel of your teeth and cause staining. Fluoride can counteract these issues.
The fun part of toothpaste is the flavoring. There are a huge variety of different flavors, including mint, bubblegum, cherry, and many more. Without these flavors, it would make brushing your teeth unpleasant. But did you know that moisture is also added to toothpaste? The purpose of this is to prevent the tube from drying out. There is thickener added as well, which gives toothpaste the ability to be squeezed out of the tube.
This breaks down what is, or at least should be in toothpaste. But what kind should you buy? If you smoke or drink a large amount of coffee then you should buy toothpaste with a higher amount of fluoride. You should also purchase one that has 1,000 parts per million. If you see a brand that has the CDA seal this means it has been independently reviewed. There are different types of toothpaste designed for fighting tartar and plaque, for staining and nearly anything else. Look for toothpaste that best fits what you are needing most. There are probably products out there for you. Talk to your dentist if you are unsure, or are looking for something specific.