Have you visited the toothpaste aisle at your local grocery store lately? There are literally three or four solid shelves of toothpaste to choose from. From whitening paste to tartar control, how do you know where to start? Your Comfort Dentists want to take the guesswork out of it for you. Your Plantation dentist discusses which toothpaste and mouthwash is right for you.
The Basics of Toothpaste
Whether your paste is fluoride, tartar control or both, there are a few ingredients that come standard to most toothpaste. These are:
- Flavoring – which typically includes artificial sweeteners to make your paste taste better.
- Abrasive Agents – such as calcium carbonates and silicates to help remove stains, bacteria, and food debris from your teeth.
- Thickeners and Humectants for texture and moisture retention of your paste.
- Detergents – such as sodium laurel sulfate to create the suds you see when you brush you teeth
Toothpastes typically come in either paste and gel and it’s really just personal preference as to which one you choose.
Whether you want toothpaste for whitening, sensitivity, or tartar control, the most important ingredient to look for is fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral is proven to strengthen teeth and protect them from tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride is especially helpful for children to help build and protect small teeth, and it can also help re-mineralize your tooth if decay has started.
Antibacterial Mouth Rinse
Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your home care gives your teeth extra protection from the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay, and it hardly adds any additional time to your routine. Be aware however, that not all rinses are created equal. Be sure to discuss with your dentist which rinse is right for you at your next dental checkup.
At Comfort Dentists, Dr. Kerry Waldee, Dr. David Hohimer, Dr. Andrew Norkin, and Dr. Reza Modarres are your premiere dentists in Plantation. Our top priority is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. We know that prevention is the way to do this, and that’s why we encourage you to visit us every six months, or twice per year. At these regular visits, we’re happy to discuss which dental products are right for you so you’ll be able to maximize your home care routine.
Give us a call today to schedule your next dental appointment.