Choosing the right toothpaste for you

There are so many different brands and types of toothpaste on the market making it a difficult task to choose between them.Different toothpastes are promoted for specific use, the most common features advertised are cavity protection, sensitivity, whitening, tartar control and natural formulas.

The facts of these common features are:

Cavity Protection – Usually contains a slightly higher level of fluoride. Fluoride plays a crucial role in combatting decay, strengthening the enamel of the teeth and re-mineralising weak spots. However, most toothpastes contain fluoride as a main ingredient.

Sensitive – Usually contain strontium chloride and potassium nitrate, these ingredients help reduce sensitivity and pain by blocking the channels that pass through the teeth and connect to the nerve. Sensitive toothpastes are recommended for people who experience sensitivity when eating hot, cold, sour or sweet food, or when breathing in cold air.

Whitening – Many whitening formulas contain abrasive ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide which can help remove surface stains creating a brighter smile. However, these ingredients can be harsh on the teeth and can wear away the enamel layer causing sensitivity. People suffering from sensitive teeth should avoid whitening toothpastes as it can cause symptoms to worsen.

Tatar Control – Normally contain tetrasodium pyrophosphate. This ingredient helps control the build-up or tartar by removing calcium and magnesium from saliva which prevents to formation for tartar. This toothpaste is suitable for people who are prone to tartar build-up or gingivitis, however it cannot remove the tartar that is already on your teeth.

Natural – Most natural toothpastes contain calcium. Calcium is used to remineralize teeth and helps as a mild abrasive to help remove plaque. Most natural toothpastes don’t use additives or chemicals which makes it easier to understand the ingredients and they also tend to have a large range of herbal flavours available on the market. However, most formulations do not contain fluoride which is an ingredient recommended by the ADA due to its proven cavity-fighting ability. Natural toothpastes also tend to be more expensive than other brands on the market.

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