Why do I need a good toothpaste?

I understand how disappointing and frustrating it can be when you think you are doing everything right i.e. brushing well, avoiding confectionaries name it but you still feel your oral health is not getting any better.

While the problem might be coming from many other areas,  have you thought of the type of toothpaste you are using?

Here are a few hints on the choice of a good quality toothpaste for routine oral health;

  • Fluoride;

This is a component essential for remineralizing your teeth in the earliest phase of tooth decay, replacing minerals that have become lost and might lead to cavity formation. Fluoride strengthens teeth and even provides protection against tooth decay.

Look at the package when you are choosing toothpaste and make sure it contains FLUORIDE.

You may see the words sodium monofluorophosphate or sodium fluoride in the ingredients section. These are forms of fluoride and both are okay. For adults, fluoride concentration should be at least 1.1% w/w (1450ppm as it appears on the toothpaste packaging)

  • Smooth, not gritty.

You will never want to choose abrasive toothpaste because it is going to damage the outermost layer of your teeth (enamel). Nonabrasive products are always the way to go.

  • ADA seal and authenticity

American products have the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of acceptance that proves authenticity. For context, Colgate is an American Brand; so look out for the seal. Other brands have different authenticity seals or marks, so make sure to check out those on their websites.

NB: These qualities may be different for special needs like sensitivity. Your dentist usually prescribes a desensitizing toothpaste for that particular purpose.



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