Have you sauntered down the toothpaste aisle recently and wondered about the sheer variety of toothpaste options available? Should you pick one that strengthens enamel, one that whitens, or one that fights tartar? If you are overwhelmed by the options, allow us to break down the different types of toothpaste to help you decide.
Toothpaste comes in both a gel and a paste. The consistency is a matter of preference. Most toothpastes share common ingredients, and this includes:
- Abrasive agents that remove food, bacteria and even stains from your teeth. These scratchy materials often include calcium carbonate or silicates. Some people prefer to use natural toothpastes that don’t contain calcium carbonate because they believe it is harmful. As long as you don’t swallow and eat your toothpaste, calcium carbonate is safe to use when brushing your teeth.
- Flavoring, such as artificial sweeteners, is added to make toothpaste more palatable; common flavors include mint, cinnamon, bubblegum (often for kids), and even fennel! There are fun flavors on the market now such as bacon and ginger.
- Detergents: Like shampoo, the sudsy feel of toothpaste comes from detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate.
While most toothpastes, with the exception of natural and/or homemade toothpastes, contain the same basic ingredients, they all perform different tasks.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
Most tartar control toothpastes contain fluoride and chemical compounds such as zinc citrate and pyrophosphates. Tartar control is important because everyone has a layer of bacteria on their teeth which is plaque, and if plaque isn’t removed through flossing and brushing, it will harden into someone called tartar. Tartar buildup will eventually lead to gum disease that, if left untreated, will lead to tooth loss and bone loss.
Consult Your Dentist!
Your dentist can help you decide which toothpaste is right for you. It all depends what your need are. Do you have sensitive teeth, stained teeth that you want lightened, or do you prefer a natural toothpaste? Dr. Nail can help you determine what your needs are, and guide you to the best toothpaste option for you.
Keep your smile healthy by visiting us at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry. Make an appointment with Fair Lakes Family Dentistry today by giving us a call or simply schedule an appointment online!