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The importance of toothpaste

Publish by Doctor Dario Vieira Pereira el 28 May 2014 en dentistry

Toothpaste cleans the teeth, protects them against tooth decay, and keeps them looking healthy and attractive to look at, also ensuring fresh breath.

Toothpaste types and uses

You already recognise the importance of looking after your teeth which includes brushing them twice a day. Brushing along with dental flossing will not only remove food debris and plaque but will also protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease.

But brushing your teeth is only effective if you use toothpaste as well. This may sound rather obvious but there are people who for whatever reason don’t bother to use toothpaste. The type you choose is also important.

Dentists recommend that you use toothpaste, especially fluoride toothpaste as this not only cleans your teeth but protects them as well.

Brushing the teeth with toothpaste, flossing and using a mouthwash are all essential parts of a daily dental hygiene routine that will result in healthy and great looking teeth.

A good daily routine for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums starts with brushing your teeth. The commonly overlooked aspect of brushing is the toothpaste itself.

Toothpaste isn’t just toothpaste anymore and there are new formulas released regularly from new companies entering the market as well as the old established companies with which everyone is familiar.

The basic job of toothpaste is to aid your brush in the removal of the plaque that can build up on your teeth and cause issues such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Food scraps stuck to your teeth are attacked by the bacteria in your mouth which leave a film on your teeth that will eventually lead to tooth decay, cavities, and the loss of your teeth.

Most toothpastes contain fluoride which helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth and provide additional protection from the acidic environment that is caused by the bacteria although care must be taken as fluoride is poisonous in large doses so the swallowing of toothpaste should be avoided.

Baking soda is also a common ingredient in many toothpastes, especially those that claim to whiten your teeth. Baking soda has proven to be safe and effective in cleaning and whitening your teeth. Before the invention of commercial toothpastes baking soda was the most common compound used to brush the teeth.

If you are one of those people that have difficulty eating or drinking things that are very hot or very cold due to a sensitivity of your teeth, you are probably aware that special toothpastes exist to help with this problem. Be sure to ask your dentist and he or she will recommend a toothpaste that best fits your needs.


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