Have you ever wondered which toothpaste is the right one for you? With dozens of brands and options on the supermarket shelves it’s hard to know, especially when they all promise similar things! It is important to remember that no toothpaste is best as it all comes down to your budget and individual needs.
Let’s start with some basic facts about toothpaste:
- Toothpaste is a gel or paste type of substance which is applied to a toothbrush to clean the teeth. It helps to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, can help to prevent bad breath (halitosis) and aids in the prevention and repair of the damage caused by dental plaque and dietary acids.
- Toothpaste contains a range of flavourings and ingredients including fluoride, which works to protect the teeth against tooth decay and gum disease.
- Toothpaste is an important part of a daily dental care routine and dentists recommend that people use it twice a day.
- Regardless of which toothpaste you use, remember that most of the cleaning of your teeth is performed by the mechanical action of the toothbrush, not the toothpaste.
Different types of toothpaste
Some consumers are concerned about the build-up of fluoride in the body, but because drinking water in many areas is fluoridated, people now have more cavity protection than in the past. However an excess amount of fluoride in the body in children can cause fluorosis, a demineralization and staining of tooth enamel and bone.
At Algester Dental we always recommend a fluoridated toothpaste for adults as Fluoride has been proven by international scientific bodies to be safe for use in the prevention of dental disease. Fluoride is endorsed by the World Health Organisation as an important part in improving public oral health.
Tartar Control Toothpaste
Many people buy tartar control toothpaste to combat tartar. Tartar is a build-up of calculus minerals on the teeth that cannot be removed by brushing, but only by a professional dental cleaning. Tartar control toothpastes contain pyrophosphates which can control tartar build-up and prevent cavities. Tartar control toothpastes can help control tartar build-up, but only above the gumline. They have no effect on any kind of periodontal disease.
Everyone wants whiter teeth right? As a result whitening toothpastes have become even more popular. Whitening toothpastes can remove stains on the teeth and make the teeth appear whiter. Some whitening toothpastes actually contain harsh abrasives, which can initially remove stains, but over time wear away the tooth enamel and cause the teeth to appear more yellow. Other whitening toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide or calcium peroxide, which is said to whiten the teeth without abrasive action. However, dental experts disagree about whether whitening toothpaste is actually effective.
Here at Algester Dental, for the best whitening results possible we recommend in-house whitening under professional supervision and care. We use a newer system that is less harsh on the teeth then traditional laser or Zoom whitening and results in minimal post-whitening sensitivity. Ask us about it!
There are many causes of sensitive teeth, and more and more people are suffering from this condition. Regardless of the cause, sensitive teeth are painful and irritating. Many sufferers often look to specialized toothpastes to dull the pain. Toothpastes which contain strontium chloride actually cause minerals to cover and insulate pores in the exposed tooth root, blocking the sensitive root from cold foods or other stimuli which can cause pain. The market for sensitive teeth toothpaste is rapidly growing, with many toothpaste brands offering toothpaste specially designed for different levels of sensitivity.
Children’s toothpaste often comes in colourful packages which are designed to be both attractive to children and less messy than regular toothpaste. Children can use lower concentrations of fluoridated toothpaste when they understand that they should not swallow the toothpaste. Low concentration fluoride toothpastes are recommended for children under six.
Recommended toothpaste for children ages 0-6: Colgate My First Toothpaste
NEWER Toothpastes on the market
Sensodyne Repair and Protect – great for sensitive teeth
Contains strontium chloride which is an element closely grouped with calcium. Relieves dentine hypersensitivity by blocking the nerve impulse within the tooth.
Oral B Pro-Health – great for cavity protection
Contains stabilised stannous fluoride. Helps prevent dental erosion by forming a protective layer more resistant to acids when combined with sodium hexametaphosphate compared to conventional fluoride products.
Paradontax – designed to maintain healthy gums
Contains sodium bicarbonate. Great cleaning but it contains a combination of mineral salts and plant extracts which makes it an acquired taste!