Ingredients in toothpaste help reduce bacteria and combat dental problems. Most toothpaste contain detergents that create the foaming action that can help loosen food particles and dental plaque. Another ingredient used is abrasive which adds a little extra power to remove stains, but it is important to look for an ADA stamp of approval on the toothpaste to be sure the abrasiveness level doesn’t damage the tooth.
Mint flavor is typically added to make your mouth feel clean and to improve the taste of the paste. The most important ingredient is fluoride, which helps prevent cavities and promote tooth health.
Tarter Controlled Toothpaste
This toothpaste doesn’t actually remove tarter, but dissolves the tarter before it forms and attaches to the teeth. A word of caution however, is that you are prone to having sensitive teeth with this type of toothpaste may cause more sensitivity.
Unlike its name, this type of toothpaste doesn’t actually whiten the enamel of the teeth. It uses scrubbing materials and chemicals to remove superficial stains.
This toothpaste uses an ingredient that basically clings to the microscopic tubules (pores) in the tooth to create a barrier so that irritants like hot and cold as well as sweets won’t get to the nerve of the tooth.
Fluoride can be added to any toothpaste and is an important part of dental health. Not only does fluoride strengthen teeth against cavities, but it rematerializes teeth worn by acids and can also fight sensitivity.
Fluoride toothpaste is an excellent choice for those needing extra help protecting themselves against cavities.
These pastes are usually too abrasive and over time can damage the teeth. It is best to avoid these.
For those not comfortable with chemicals, these toothpastes may be a good option. These toothpastes are not regulated and many do not have fluoride, so the results may be varied.
Baking Soda Toothpaste
Baking soda was once used to clean teeth, but has no therapeutic value. It also may be too abrasive for daily use.
Regardless of the type of toothpaste that you choose, only a small pea size amount is needed. The technique that is used is the most important factor. Place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards the gums and brush for 2-3 minutes in a circular motions. Always use a soft toothbrush.