How to Pick a Toothpaste?

picking a toothpaste

Minty fresh, whitening, tartar control, etc. – picking a toothpaste can be as overwhelming as choosing a toothbrush.

First and foremost, your toothpaste should fight plaque and cavities and clean your teeth, using dentifrice (gel, paste or liquid). Also Toothpaste should include fluoride for strengthening your teeth.

Beyond that, it’s all about preference.

First, consistency may be a factor in your decision. Gels and pastes are easier to use than liquids because they stay on your toothbrush better.

Second, the taste may be important in your decision. For example, kid-friendly toothpaste may be preferred by your children over the spicier flavored adult toothpastes.

Third, what you select may depend on what you hope to achieve beyond cleaning your teeth. For example:

Sensitivity issues: If hot or cold food and drinks bother your teeth, you might prefer desensitizing toothpaste.

Tatar control: If your goal is to help reduce the buildup of tartar deposits, or calculus, on your teeth, choose a paste with pyrophosphates.

Whitening: For whiter teeth, choose toothpaste with sodium hexametaphosphate, which will help remove surface stains and prevent new ones from forming.

What Are the Types of Toothpaste?

Toothpaste for adults

The majority of toothpastes combine the caries protection of fluoride with other agents to control plaque, tartar, and gum disease. These can help individuals to improve their plaque control by the inclusion of antibacterial agents.

Other pastes specifically target ‘tartar’ and use pyrophosphate to inhibit the calcification of plaque and hence the build-up of tartar. The most recent approach has been the development of ‘all in one’ toothpaste containing several agents which reduce tartar formation, improve gum health and prevent caries. But it is important to verify that these new toothpaste have been ‘clinically proven’ by seeking information from dental public health personnel with expertise in the field.

Smokers toothpaste

People who smoke often suffer stained teeth because of tar deposits. So some smokers toothpastes use stronger abrasives to remove these stains. Vigorous brushing with more abrasive pastes may damage the enamel over time.

Special toothpaste to combat hypersensitivity

One of the consequences of aging is that gum margins may recede, exposing the root surface of certain teeth, which in some instances result in hypersensitivity .Toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth can be effective in relieving the pain; these products vary in the way they work.

Whitening toothpaste

These pastes are being promoted primarily based on cosmetic benefit. The market for these pastes is likely to continue to rise due to the increased retention of natural teeth by the middle-aged and elderly, since enamel tends to lose its whiteness with age. Some whitening toothpastes use fluoride and an enzyme system.

Whitening toothpastes are not to be confused with hydrogen (or carbamide) peroxide whitening systems that may be accessed only through a dental practitioner.

Natural toothpaste

A wide range of “natural” toothpaste products is also available. These toothpastes contain herbs and other natural ingredients, such as essential oil of ginger, seaweed extract, propolis and much else. It is important to check if these toothpastes contain fluoride, a proven active ingredient for the prevention of tooth decay


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