What You Should Know about Your Toothpaste

What You Should Know about Your Toothpaste

One thing in everyday life everyone has in common is toothpaste. Everyone has it in their bathroom and everyone uses it at least twice a day (and if they are not, they should be). With all of the different brands and kind of toothpaste available in stores, and everyone using different kinds, how do you know if your using what is right for you? And since we use it so regularly, shouldn’t we know a bit about it? The following is basic information you should know about your toothpaste.

The basic function of all toothpaste, no matter the brand or the form, is to help remove plaque and bacterial buildup, as well as to fight periodontal disease. Most toothpastes contain fluoride, which boosts enamel and fights decay.

The makeup of toothpastes varies slightly, depending on the brand and its claimed purpose. For example, a whitening paste may feature ingredients slightly different than a paste meant for strengthening gums. That being said, here is a list of ingredients generally found in all toothpastes.

• General abrasives: Magnesium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, calcium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, and/or phosphate salts.
• Substances that keep pastes from drying out: glycerol, sorbitol, etc.
• Thickeners: seaweed or mineral colloids, synthetic cellulose, or natural gum
• Flavoring agents: as long as they are sugarless
• Fluoride
• Detergents that make for slight foam

If you are unsure about which toothpaste to use, there are a few things to look out for to help narrow your choices. First, any possible toothpaste option should be approved by the FDA. Furthermore, a paste approved by the ADA participated in a voluntary testing program, and is an ensured quality product. If you are still unsure, make sure to ask your dentist at your upcoming dental cleaning.

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