Toothpaste is a soft substance that helps remove food debris and plaque from your teeth, and is essential to good oral hygiene. Basically, toothpaste enhances the cleaning effect of the toothbrush. There are many different types of toothpaste but most of them combine fluoride, which strengthens the tooth enamel and fights caries, with other ingredients that prevent plaque, tartar and gum disease. To make the most of the effect of the toothpaste, it is important to use an effective toothbrushing technique.
The formulations of different toothpastes vary, but most are made up of the following basic ingredients:
There is a wide variety of toothpastes available on the market, all geared toward different needs. For example, there are toothpastes that are specifically flavored to appeal to children. Others contain stronger abrasives and are marketed toward smokers, who more often tend to have stained teeth. Do you have gingivitis, problems with tartar or sensitive gums? There are special toothpastes for that as well. Some brands combine several of these properties in an “all-in-one” product. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist if you are not sure which toothpaste is best for you. Regardless of which toothpaste you use, it is important to combine it with a regular flossing routine. An effective mouthwash can also help keep the bacteria in your mouth under control and help prevent bad breath.