Things You May Not Know About Toothpaste
Toothpastes come in all sorts of different varieties, buzz words such as “whitening”, “ultra-refreshing”, “three-in-one action”, “cavity combating” and more being thrown around in just about every toothpaste commercial. Most people don’t really know if there’s actually a difference between toothpastes however and just choose one based on whichever commercial they liked best or which one is the cheapest that still boasts about a number of incredible benefits. Does it really matter that much however which toothpaste you actually use? Let’s find out.
Fluoride is Key
According to most dentists, fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpastes, the Academy of General Dentistry claiming that brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can significantly help lower the risk of decay.
Whitening is Not Just a Buzz Word
Studies have shown that whitening toothpastes do actually help make your teeth look whiter. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that better remove stains than the abrasives found in regular toothpastes. While the removal of stains will help make your teeth look whiter, whitening toothpaste won’t make your teeth several shades whiter because they don’t actually bleach your teeth. For a more dramatic whitening effect you’ll have to use over-the-counter whitening products that contain a bleaching agent or have your teeth professionally whitened.
Frugality is Fine
You don’t need to squirt a big chunk of toothpaste onto your toothbrush like how they show it on commercials. Just a tiny bit of toothpaste (about the size of a pee) is enough to effectively brush your teeth.
Brushing Technique is More Important Than Your Brand of Toothpaste
How you brush your teeth is much more important than the type of toothpaste you use. Using the correct brushing technique will have a much larger positive effect on your oral hygiene than changing toothpastes. Always brush in a circular or vertical motion while holding your (soft-bristled) brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Brush for at least two minutes and make sure that you get to every part of your teeth.
Organic Works Just as Well
If you want to avoid putting chemical products into your mouth you can opt for an organic toothpaste. Natural and organic toothpastes (that contain fluoride) have been shown to be just as effective as regular toothpastes so you don’t need to worry about compromising your oral health when using an organic toothpaste.
Toothpastes contain all sorts of strange ingredients such as seaweed and even detergent. As long as the toothpaste sports the seal of approval of the American Dental Association (ADA) the paste should be safe to use in your mouth and do its job well. This seal is only given to products that back up their teeth cleaning claims with scientific data and meet all the safety criteria that the ADA sets.
Paste or Gel Doesn’t Matter
Whether you use a gel or paste won’t affect your oral hygiene, there being no evidence that either type of toothpaste would work better than the other. Just buy whichever type you prefer to use.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin web design firm. Zane doesn’t really have a preference about his toothpaste.