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These days, there are so many toothpaste products to choose from that it can be difficult for consumers to work out exactly which one is right for their needs.
With enhanced packaging, expensive advertising and the use of scientific jargon, how can you know which ones actually live up to their claims?
A recent article on Health News Digest spoke to New York cosmetic dentist Dr. Ngozi Etufugh, who offered his advice for how to make decisions in the face of a booming $1.3 billion industry.
Firstly it’s essential to assess exactly what your requirements are – are your teeth sensitive, stained, prone to decay and plaque? By learning about the range of ingredients and what they do, you may find that some of them are unnecessary for your needs.
Fluoride features in most toothpastes, and is the most effective ingredient for fighting cavities and strengthening enamel. It also helps to keep your breath fresh; and should be the first thing you look for when choosing a toothpaste. Read more.
While some “whitening” toothpastes can be effective, most will not be able to permanently whiten your teeth – this can only be done by a professional, usually using laser treatment.
It’s also important to note that abrasives often used in whitening pastes can irritate gums and cause sensitivity issues. We offer teeth whitening services in Hertfordshire.
Effective germ fighting toothpaste
All fluoride toothpastes kill bacteria; yet 12-hour germ fighting products use triclosan, a strong antibacterial agent able to fight germs up to 12 hours after brushing. It has been proven safe to use by researchers.
What are the benefits of a germ fighting toothpaste?
- Less bacteria means less acid
- Can help to repair damage caused because of enamel
- Helps to prevent bacteria contamination for 12 hours
Care for your sensitive teeth
Many people suffer from teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold. When using toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth, you should beware of potential side-effects such as burning sensations or loss of tissue.
If this happens, stop use immediately and consult your dental professional. See: Complete care consultation in London’s Harley Street.
Fluoride free toothpaste suitable for children
Fearing the supposed cosmetic damage of high quantities of fluoride, some people opt to use toothpaste that replaces fluoride with aloe and peppermint oil. However, it is advised that fluoride is essential for fighting cavities in adults, and only children are at risk of swallowing paste.
Find out more about children’s brushing routine.
A team of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London, have invented tiny marbles that, when placed within toothpaste, can help stop tooth decay and relieve the problem of sensitive teeth by strengthening the tooth enamel.
Bioglass Repairs Tooth Enamel These small balls are made from calcium phosphate glass, which is biodegradable.
When teeth are brushed with toothpaste containing them, they fill in areas of damaged enamel or areas where the gum has started to retract from the tooth.
New Initiative for Scottish Children Regular toothpastes sold over-the-counter are ineffective at protecting the teeth of children living in deprived areas, according to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). This organisation forms part of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) programme.
Experts at SIGN believe that the most commonly used toothpastes by children do not contain enough fluoride and are therefore ineffective at protecting their teeth. Tooth decay leads to teeth falling out or having to be removed.
Fluoride Toothpaste Benefits The addition of antibacterial compound triclosan, and a copolymer, which prevents it from being washed away with the saliva, can increase the effectiveness of fluoride toothpaste.
These ingredients reduce the risk of gum disease and the accumulation of plaque, and can also benefit tooth decay, a study published in The Cochrane Library has found.