Confused About Which Toothpaste To Buy?
With the ever expanding range of ‘targeted’ toothpastes available, it’s hardly surprising.
Anyone old enough to remember the time when buying toothpaste meant choosing between a handful of brands would be thoroughly confused if they looked at the range of toothpastes currently available on supermarket shelves. Whilst some traditional brands remain, even these have branched out into producing a wide selection of toothpastes designed to target specific dental problems.
Although choice is generally a good thing, it can also be very confusing for our Streatham patients who just want a toothpaste that works!
Below, we look at three examples of ‘targeted’ toothpastes and a general look at their use.
These are one of the most popular types of this new breed of toothpastes, but do they work? In the opinion of the team at the Confidental Clinic, we feel that you are unlikely to see any dramatic improvements in the colour of your teeth. The quantity of whitening ingredient allowed in these products is very restricted and are likely to produce only minimal improvements. They may help in extending the lifespan of a professional whitening treatment however. Do be careful though, some of these may remove surface staining by adding additional abrasives to the paste. This may lead to eroded enamel on your teeth if brushing is too vigorous.
Gum disease toothpastes
As we have mentioned before, gum disease can seriously harm your oral health, and good brushing and flossing habits are essential to fight against it. Can specialist toothpastes work though? Well, possibly. One well known brand contains sodium bicarbonate which helps to break down and remove plaque from the teeth and gum line. Many hygienists do recommend this toothpaste, although the taste may be a little challenging for some.
There is a growing demand for natural products, including those which adhere to dietary restrictions, such as for vegans. These often contain herbs to freshen the breath and claim other benefits too. Whilst, if you brush correctly, these can be effective, do be careful as many do not contain fluoride. This is an important ingredient in toothpaste as it helps to strengthen the enamel, protecting it from acid and bacteria. Using a non fluoride toothpaste is likely to lead to an increase in the number of cavities in your teeth.
By and large, most toothpastes that contain fluoride will do a more than adequate job of keeping your mouth healthy providing that you brush and floss properly, and also see your Streatham dentist and hygienist at regular intervals. We are always happy to discuss any issues such as the most appropriate type of toothpaste with our patients and offer our unbiased advice.
To arrange an appointment with a dentist or hygienist at the Confidental Clinic, please call us on 020 8674 2052.