Perhaps you don’t give much thought to the toothpaste you buy, either pulling something off the shelf at random or buying whatever is on sale. While that might be easier and save you a little bit of money, it isn’t the best way to ensure that you purchase the most appropriate toothpaste for your oral health needs.
It’s also important to keep in mind that everyone has different needs when it comes to oral health care and toothpaste. For example, you could need something for sensitive teeth while your spouse needs extra fluoride. Your dentist can provide you with a personalized recommendation based on your oral health history. Every patient has different body chemistry, which means that you could develop an allergy to a specific ingredient or find that the toothpaste you currently use doesn’t leave your mouth feeling refreshed. Be sure to tell your dentist about any unusual reactions.
Toothpaste made with baking soda is a good choice for many people. In terms of abrasive properties, baking soda has much less than toothpaste made with other ingredients. It’s especially useful for people who tend to get a lot of cavities as well as those with sensitive teeth.
Common Ingredients in Toothpaste
Many toothpaste manufacturers include fluoride, a mineral that helps to strengthen the enamel in teeth and prevent cavities. Toothpaste typically has added flavor in the form of a sweetener as well. However, it doesn’t contain sugar and won’t increase the risk of tooth decay.
Abrasives are an important ingredient because they help to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth. The most common ingredients used for toothpaste abrasives include hydrated aluminum oxides, dehydrated silica gels, and calcium carbonate. Detergents are also important because they cause the toothpaste to foam when you brush your teeth, making it easier to spit the toothpaste out when you’re done.
Is Charcoal Toothpaste a Fad?
Perhaps a friend has started using charcoal toothpaste, or you have heard about this trend and wonder if it’s right for you. The first thing to understand about charcoal toothpaste is that it’s made by exposing it to slow-burning materials such as coconut shells, peat or wood. While it is the same black color as the charcoal you put on your grill, it isn’t abrasive and won’t turn your teeth black. The texture is similar to baking soda.
People have reported many benefits of charcoal toothpaste. The most common ones include that it whitens the teeth, freshens the breath and contains anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. However, these claims are not yet proven or endorsed by the American Dental Association.
At Premier Dental Care, we are happy to advise you whether which toothpaste option is a good one for you. You can also learn more about charcoal toothpaste in our next blog. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 615-452-1292 with additional questions or to schedule an oral hygiene appointment.