When you have been to your dentist and had your teeth fixed, whether that be a simple clean or a more complex procedure, you are going to be concerned about keeping your teeth beautiful. Although the frequency and routine you use for oral hygiene is important, what kind of product you are using is just as vital. In this week’s blog, we will learn about the various options out there for toothpaste and what the key ingredients are.
What are the 4 types of toothpaste?
Children’s toothpaste- Children’s toothpaste is specifically designed to consider any ingredients that can harm a child. These specialised tubes of toothpaste contain less fluoride than adult’s toothpaste. Children are likely to swallow some amount of toothpaste, so by lowering the percentage of fluoride, toothpaste is made safer for your little ones.
Teeth whitening toothpaste- People who often drink many caffeinated beverages or smoke are more likely to experience discolouring of their teeth. A yellow or brown stained appearance isn’t uncommon. This type of toothpaste contains whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide, which may sound familiar. Abrasives and bleaching agents work by lightening the stains on the teeth, thereby making teeth appear lighter and brighter.
Herbal toothpaste- Herbal toothpaste is an excellent alternative for people looking to use a more natural product. It is a safer option for specific conditions such as perioral dermatitis, where the ingredients in regular toothpaste (fluoride) can irritate. However, dentists recommend using toothpaste containing fluoride because it protects the enamel. It helps keep your teeth strong.
Sensitive teeth toothpaste- If your teeth are becoming sensitive due to hot and cold food or drinks, toothpaste created for sensitive teeth is your go-to. This toothpaste contains an ingredient that protects your teeth against the sensitivity or pain you might experience when enjoying your favourite drink. This ingredient is called potassium nitrate and works by calming the nerve fibres found within your teeth.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in water and your bones and teeth. Fluoride is often used in dental products as well as treatments. It is helpful because it adds strength to your tooth enamel to help prevent tooth decay. It is found in many kinds of toothpaste in varying amounts, but it is recommended to use a toothpaste that contains 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride for adult hygiene.
In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, consider investing in a toothpaste that is suited to your needs. Whether you be a smoker or require a more gentle toothpaste, there are products available for you. If you feel you need to seek advice on what products you should be using, our professionals are available to assist you in your decision making. Should you have any questions or concerns about your dental health, you can book your consultation with us at oradent.org