Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Are You Using the Right Toothpaste?
Buying toothpaste can be a daunting experience. Walk into any pharmacy or supermarket and the shelves are lined with an extensive selection of toothpastes for you to choose from.
In addition to the brands available, there are those that are designed for sensitive teeth, toothpastes designed to help whiten your teeth and then there are those that offer extra cleaning solutions. Deciding which one to choose can leave you reeling and unsure which direction to turn.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon said that it is imperative to ensure that the toothpaste you choose is made using safe products. Most people assume that the toothpaste they buy off the shelves is safe and will help protect their teeth, but in fact, this isn’t always the case.
A good quality toothpaste will provide you with a list of ingredients which should be displayed on the box. This can help you go through the ingredients and ensure that they are safe for you and your family before making any decisions and buying the toothpaste that you hope will protect your family’s teeth in the days to come.
Toothpaste is designed to clean, protect and promote healthy teeth and gums. You rely on your toothpaste as part of your oral hygiene routine that you carry out at home on a daily basis. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that the active ingredients in the paste should be displayed, helping customers ensure that the product will provide them with the protection they expect and deserve.
It is also important as you look at the range of toothpastes on the shelves that you read any warnings. Some will offer warnings on the box, ensure you take note of these warnings to help you identify the best brand and type of toothpaste to meet your particular requirements.
Always ensure the toothpaste you choose has fluoride as an ingredient.
Dr Tariq Drabu advises that fluoride offers a range of benefits for people of all ages. Fluoride heats and in turn, reduces cavities and helps harden teeth. Fluoride makes teeth resistant to acid and bacteria. Fluoride is completely safe and has been added to water supplies throughout the world, helping promote healthy teeth.
When it comes to selecting a toothpaste, you need to identify what you feel is important. If you are one of the thousands of people that suffer from tooth sensitivity, then you may want to consider a good fluoride toothpaste that is designed specifically for sensitive teeth. While you won’t notice an immediate improvement, over a few days and weeks you will find you are less likely to suffer when drinking something hot or cold.
Fluoride toothpaste is also important when it comes to the prevention of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease which causes swelling of the gums, bleeding while brushing and bad breath. If ignored, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, which is a severe form of gum disease, which can result in tooth loss if ignored.
Thousands of people suffer from bad breath and while there isn’t a toothpaste designed specifically to combat bad breath, brushing twice daily can remove unwelcome bacteria, which may be a root cause of your problem.
Toothpaste will only mask bad breath for a short period, but with regular brushing and good oral hygiene, your breath should improve.Whitening toothpastes are a leading choice these days, though many people don’t realise that their teeth will not be whiter if they use this toothpaste. What whitening toothpaste does offer is to help against stains and marks on the teeth, but be careful as some whitening toothpastes use ingredients which can cause long term damage if you are not careful.