Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

There are hundreds of different types of toothpaste out there and the choice can be overwhelming.

Here’s a few things to look out for….

 

  1. Always use fluoride toothpaste.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral which not only strengthens your enamel but provides a protective layer on the outside of your teeth. So, by using fluoride both morning and night, your teeth are protected when you eat.

  1. Avoid toothpaste with Triclosan

Triclosan is an ingredient which is proven to prevent gingivitis (gum disease). However, it has been banned in the United States due to the risk of being carcinogenic. Although it has been approved in Australia by the FDA, many toothpaste companies have voluntarily removed it from their products following the ban in the US and concerns about emerging evidence1.

 

  1. Choose a toothpaste to suit your needs

If you have sensitive teeth, then consider either a long-acting or short-acting sensative toothpaste that works for you.

If you are prone to decay, are a heavy smoker or drinker- it is best to choose a toothpaste that is high in fluoride to give your teeth the best chance of staying healthy.

If you want to have whiter teeth, be careful not to choose a whitening toothpaste that is too abrasive as it can permanently damage your enamel. Remember whitening tooth paste can only remove surface stains as deeper stains will need to be treated by your dentist.

 

  1. Good brushing is Key

No matter what toothpaste you use, it is essential that you are correctly brushing 2 times a day.

 

References

  1. https://www.cancerwa.asn.au/resources/cancermyths/toothpaste-cancer-myth/#:~:text=Triclosan%20is%20an%20antibacterial%20and,to%20prevent%20gingivitis%20(gum%20disease.

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