Toothpaste

Is a 0.50 cents toothpaste as good as a $4.00 one? Will a toothpaste that whitens my teeth damage the tooth enamel? Will ingesting the active ingredients of the toothpaste eventually hurt me?

Basically, all toothpaste are effective if they contain flouride.

The American Dental Association recommends those that has its seal of approval.

The differences in formulations lie in flavors, texture and certain active ingredients used to reduce sensitivity, remove stain and reduce bacteria.

Whiteners

“Whitening” toothpastes do not really whiten teeth; instead, they simply remove stains so teeth appear whiter.

Care however needs to be exercised in using them as they can damage the tooth enamel due to their abrasiveness.

One of the most often used abrasive agent is Silica, which is used in the manufacturing of glass.

Teeth with damaged enamel would be more sensitive to hot and cold temperature and also to sweetness.

It may also cause gum recession.

Furthermore, instead of becoming whiter, your teeth might appear yellower because of the exposed underlying area, Dentin, which is yellow in color.

Spotshoppingguide does not recommend “whitening” toothpaste for those reasons.

Baking Soda

Regular use of toothpaste with baking soda can cause gum damage according to some dentists, especially if the brushing is aggresive.

Tartar Control

Toothpaste with tartar control contains pyrophosphate.

It does not remove the tartar already formed but will prevent more from forming.

In some people, it may cause mouth irritation.

For Sensitive Teeth

Toothpastes which desensitize the teeth against hot and cold contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.

They need to be used for a certain period of time (about a month) to be effective.

Fluoride

There is much debate on the safety of fluoride.

High intake of fluoride is indeed harmful to health. Teach children not to ingest toothpaste.

Most toothpaste contain fluoride as it has been found to be effective in preventing tooth cavities.

If you feel uncomfortable with toothpaste containing fluoride you can choose to use one without it.

Sensodyne Original for example does not contain fluoride.

There are also Tom’s of Maine fluoride-free toothpastes.

Recommended Toothpaste

One of the most recommended toothpaste is the Colgate Total. It has been found by many dentists to be the most effective in preventing decay and gingivitis and to control plaque and tartar.

It is not abrasive and consequently does not remove stain well.

Contrary to other toothpastes, Colgate Total does protect the teeth for about 12 hours due to its active components, Triclosan and Gantrez.

Triclosan is an antibacterial agent often used in cosmetic, detergents and mouthwashes.

There are some concerns over its safety as it is classified by the EPA to be in the same category as pesticides.

It should however be noted that the classification also includes mineral oils and alcohols.

Spotshoppingguide believes that toothpastes help to improve dental hygiene but need to be used carefully since they contain ingredients which may be harmful if they are absorbed by the body continously.

There is no need to use a lot of toothpaste — just a pea size amount is sufficient to clean your teeth.

Rinse mouth thoroughly after brushing with toothpaste, and a quick rebrush of the teeth without any toothpaste on the brush will help ensure all toothpaste is completely removed.

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