The choice of toothpastes seems more confusing by the day – let’s help….
Those of a certain age may well remember when the choice of toothpastes came down to around 3 different brands. It is perhaps a positive sign that people are now paying more attention to their teeth judging by the various types of toothpastes that are now available, but the choice of which to buy can be incredibly confusing.
There are now whitening toothpastes, gum disease, sensitivity, herbal and even charcoal toothpastes. The array can be very bewildering and your local Chelmsford dental team take a look at these below to help you along with your choice.
Teeth whitening toothpastes
These are probably the most popular of these ‘specialist’ toothpastes, but do they work? The reality is that whilst these do contain whitening ingredients, these are a form of bleach and it is therefore understandable that the quantity allowed is very restricted. Our verdict? Not very effective due to the small amount of active ingredient permitted. It may be useful to help, following a professional teeth whitening procedure but, on its own, will make little or no difference to the whiteness of your teeth.
Teeth sometimes become sensitive when the enamel has been damaged; however some are naturally sensitive too. Any good toothpaste will help to protect the enamel if you brush correctly but these particular toothpastes may help to block some of the sensitivity too.
Gum disease toothpastes
Protecting yourself from gum disease is important. Aside from any discomfort caused by sore gums, and social problems caused by bad breath, gum disease can also lead to the loss of teeth. Regular hygienist appointments at Blue Sky Dental are one of the best ways to keep your gums healthy, together with appropriate personal care. Some of these toothpastes contain additional ingredients which help to break down the bacteria that can lead to gum disease and keep them under control during the periods between brushing.
Many of these ‘natural’ toothpastes contain similar active ingredients to regular toothpaste. Very often, preference for these comes down to little more than the flavour. One potential drawback to herbal toothpastes though is that they may be fluoride free. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on our teeth and choosing a fluoride free one is likely to result in an increase in cavities.
One of the more ‘faddy crazes’ endorsed by some celebrities. The argument is that this products helps to whiten your teeth, despite looking very black as you clean them. If there is any truth in this, it probably lies with the abrasive nature of the paste. This may well help to remove some surface staining on your teeth, but could damage the enamel, causing more problems in the long run; particularly if you brush too hard.
Our advice to our Chelmsford patients is that providing you use a good quality toothpaste which includes fluoride, you will have made a good start to having a healthy mouth. Whitening toothpastes will also do this but don’t expect miracles to happen. We would suggest that you avoid toothpastes that have additional abrasive elements though, in order to protect the tooth enamel.
If you would like to find out more about how the hygienist can play an important part in keeping your mouth healthy, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.