Toothpaste has many functions; it eliminates and/or masks bad breath, removes dental plaque and food from your teeth, polishes your teeth and removes stain over time. Overall, toothpaste promotes good oral health.
What’s in toothpaste?
Toothpaste, also known as dentifrice, is available in paste, gel, or powder form. Despite the many types of toothpaste that exist, some ingredients are common to most varieties. These include:
· Abrasives to grind away the leftover food and plaque on your teeth with the help of your toothbrush. In addition, abrasives polish your teeth and remove stain over time.
· Fluoride to make the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promote remineralization, which makes your teeth stronger.
· Antimicrobial agents, such as xylitol or triclosan, to fight the bacteria of dental plaque and gum disease.
· Surfactants (detergents) and foaming agents to carry away debris from the mouth and between teeth.
· Anti-tartar agents to help prevent the formation of tartar, also referred to as calcified plaque.
· Desensitizing agents to relieve tooth sensitivity.
· Binding agents, which bind all of the components of the toothpaste together.
· Humectants to prevent your toothpaste from drying up.
· Flavour to make the brushing experience more enjoyable.
· Sweetening agents to make the formulation more suitable for oral use.
How do I know which toothpaste is right for me?
When it comes to choosing the best toothpaste for you, it’s important to think about your unique oral health needs. Some toothpastes aim to alleviate pain associated with sensitive teeth. Some help to control plaque and tartar. Some are designed to remove stains and to whiten teeth. Because each brand of toothpaste is uniquely formulated to perform a specific function, ask us which would be the the right one for you and your family.
Children’s toothpaste is something else. The next time you come in ask us.