Good dental health depends on a number of factors. These factors range from oral care habits to diet and include such things as how you brush your teeth and what products you use in the course of your oral hygiene. In this post, we’ll examine one of these factors, toothpaste, and discuss the various options and types available.
Choosing the right toothpaste for you is an essential but sometimes overlooked part of oral care. There is no one correct toothpaste that is suitable for everyone. There are multiple types and brands on the market. The correct toothpaste for you is the one that meets your oral care needs. The main types of toothpaste that are available are fluoride, anti-plaque, anti-tartar, desensitizing and whitening. Each type of toothpaste meets a specific need, and will benefit people differently depending on their situation.
Fluoride toothpaste is a good choice for people with good overall dental health. It removes plaque and bacteria, and strengthens teeth. Anti-plaque toothpaste contains ingredients that not only remove plaque, but inhibit its formation in the first place, thus preventing it from secreting acid and eroding your enamel. Tartar is solidified plaque. Usually, tartar is so hard that it requires removal by a dentist. Anti-tartar toothpaste keeps plaque soft and allows for its removal through regularly brushing and flossing.
Desensitizing toothpaste is for people whose teeth have eroded to the point that the inner dentin layer is open to the surface. Desensitizing toothpaste works by first deadening the nerves in the exposed area, and then by filling the holes in the enamel, preventing food and drink from reaching this sensitive area. Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives that cleanse stains from your teeth, restoring them to brightness.
As you can see, there are a number of varieties of toothpaste. Which one you choose is a matter of your oral care needs, but regardless of what type you select, you should choose a toothpaste that is certified by the American Dental Association. ADA certification means that the toothpaste has been clinically tested and proven to do what the manufacturer says it will do. Be sure to combine brushing with flossing and regular visits to your dentist. Following these steps will ensure good oral health and save you pain and money down the road.