The dental hygiene aisles in shops carry a variety of products. There are over 40 brands of toothpaste available in the market, and each offers a different dental solution to the next. Do all these products have the same results on teeth? And how can you know which toothpaste is best for your smile? With this enormous selection available, it’s crucial to understand the benefits that each one provides.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
Tartar control toothpaste is vital for keeping your teeth healthy as it reduces tartar buildup. Most people opt for this type of toothpaste because they have plaque: the colourless, sticky film that forms on teeth after eating.
If you don’t remove the plaque, it will eventually become tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove; it requires a dental hygienist with special tools. Most dental products that contain tartar control ingredients also contain fluoride — an ingredient that prevents tooth decay.
Children’s toothpaste is typically available for kids that are over 2 years old.
As soon as you spot your child’s first tooth, you should brush it. For this, you need a safe toothpaste that suits your child’s needs. Be sure to check the ingredients and look for a toothpaste that has a pleasant flavout to encourage brushing. If you’re unsure, contact our offices and we will help you choose an appropriate option.
Tooth Whitening Toothpaste
If you would like a brighter smile, toothpastes with whitening agents can help. Look for toothpastes that contain peroxide – a powerful bleaching agent which removes stains from the outer layers of the enamel. Peroxide also helps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
Teeth whitening is a $1.4 billion industry, and whitening toothpastes are very popular. Be careful when using them though, as some may cause tooth sensitivity if used too frequently. An in-house whitening treatment may be a better option if you have stubborn stains or discoloured teeth.
Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
Tooth enamel protects the sensitive dentine inside the tooth, but enamel is susceptable to wear and tear over time. Often, as teeth become worn, they become sensitive. You’ll start to feel twinges of pain and discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, or when using certain dental products.
Thankfully, there are many toothpaste options that are designed to help treat sensitive teeth. Some of them claim to remineralise the enamel to strengthen it.
Chat with your dentist before choosing a toothpaste to help with sensitivity. You want something to treat the cause of the issue, and not just mask a problem.
Fluoride slows down the decay of enamel over time. The decay of the enamel is a direct result of the adverse effects of sugar and starch on the teeth.
The bacteria in your mouth feed on these ingredients, and as a result, it leaves acid waste on teeth. An added benefit to a toothpaste that has fluoride is that it reverses the early stages of enamel damage. Fluoride also makes the teeth more durable and more resistant to decay.
Many ingredients in fluoride toothpaste reduce tooth sensitivity, such as potassium nitrate and strontium chloride. Both of these ingredients reduce inflammation of the gum tissue and lower the risk of developing gingivitis. Also, some of these types of toothpaste assist in removing surface stains on the enamel.
Contact Us Today
Choosing a toothpaste that accurately fits your need is an essential step to maintaining a healthy and bright smile. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our offices or bring your toothpaste along to your next consultation so our dentists can take a look.