A good daily routine for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums starts with brushing your teeth. The commonly overlooked aspect of brushing is the toothpaste itself. Most people just grab a tube of toothpaste without ever giving it much thought past a possible brand loyalty that they may have for reasons that have nothing to do with the effectiveness of the product. Toothpaste isn’t just toothpaste anymore and there are new formulas released regularly from new companies entering the market as well as the old established companies with which everyone is familiar. It is becoming more difficult to judge exactly which toothpaste is the right one for you and your teeth to keep them at their healthiest and looking their best.
The basic job of toothpaste is to aid your brush in the removal of the plaque that can build up on your teeth and cause issues such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Food scraps stuck to your teeth are attacked by the bacteria in your mouth which leave a film on your teeth that will eventually lead to tooth decay, cavities, and the loss of your teeth. Most toothpastes contain fluoride which helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth and provide additional protection from the acidic environment that is caused by the bacteria although care must be taken as fluoride is poisonous in large doses so the swallowing of toothpaste should be avoided. Baking soda is also a common ingredient in many toothpastes, especially those that claim to whiten your teeth. Baking soda has proven to be safe and effective in cleaning and whitening your teeth. Before the invention of commercial toothpastes baking soda was the most common compound used to brush the teeth.
If you are one of those people that have difficulty eating or drinking things that are very hot or very cold due to a sensitivity of your teeth, you are probably aware that special toothpastes exist to help with this problem. These toothpastes contain chemicals that help to desensitize the teeth by helping to calm the nerve and preventing it from sending a pain signal to the brain. They are, however, not a quick fix for the problem and must be used for a period of time before results are noticed and must be continued to keep the problem from returning. Toothpastes are also available that contain chemicals that stay on your teeth after brushing and prevent or inhibit the build up of plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth as well as toothpastes that contain small amounts of a common antibiotic in an effort to kill the germs that reside in your mouth and cause most oral health concerns.
For the most part, it is always a good idea to choose a toothpaste that has earned the approval of the American Dental Association so that you can be sure of the protective benefits you receive from the toothpaste. If, however, you for some reason have decided not to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride then you will not be able to find an ADA approved toothpaste as only those that contain fluoride can get the ADA approval. In this case it is very important that you do your own research and choose a high quality toothpaste from a reputable company.