During the rush of your morning routine you probably do not stop to think about your toothpaste everyday. There are so many products to choose from that we tend to stick with what we are familiar with. No matter the brand or type of toothpaste, always choose toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA). The reason we recommend this is because while the FDA does require manufacturers to meet certain guidelines, they do not test all products for compliance. The ADA tests products to make sure they meet these standards and are as effective as they claim.
There are several types of toothpastes, anti-cavity, anti-gingivitis, tartar control, and whitening. Toothpaste is available in either gel or paste forms. All toothpaste types have many common ingredients.
*Abrasive agents like silica and calcium carbonate help remove food, plaque,, and some stains from your teeth.
*Flavorings- Artificial sweeteners are often added to toothpaste to make them taste better. Toothpaste has added flavorings from mint to bubblegum.
*Humectants are added to retain moisture so the toothpaste does not dry out.
*To add thickness and texture, thickeners made from seaweed and gums are added. *Detergents such as sodium laurel sulfate are added to create suds and foaming action.
*The most important ingredient is fluoride. Almost all options on the market today contain fluoride. Fluoride prevents decay and it actively strengthens enamel. It also helps with sensitivity.
Tips for choosing a toothpaste:
Has the ADA seal of approval.
Be wary of imposters. Some toothpaste imported from China contained a toxic substance, diethylene glycol.
Choose a toothpaste you like the taste of. If you can’t stand the taste you won’t brush long enough or sufficiently.
Choosing toothpaste for your mouth is a very important task. We hope this helps you the next time you are looking to replace your toothpaste. If you have any questions just ask us!