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    Choosing the right toothpaste for your dental needs?

    Choosing the right toothpaste for your dental needs?

    Toothpaste is a main part of our daily oral hygiene routine. But did you know the right toothpaste for you? There are vast ranges of toothpaste to cater different dental requirements of an individual. Toothpaste can come in a gel, paste or powder form but when it comes to benefit there are types of toothpaste which was made purposely for teeth whitening, plaque busting, cavity control, breath freshening, or for sensitive teeth toothpaste that’s available in the pharmacies or grocery stores. Nonetheless all toothpaste contains general components or basic ingredients such as:

    • Flavoring agents- This is what gives our toothpaste a little bit of sweetness or minty fresh scent. Though these do not contain sugar, they also do not promote tooth decay.
    • Thickening agents- Also known as binders, these help to stabilize the toothpaste formula. 
    • Detergent- That foaming action comes from detergent. It also helps to spread the toothpaste through your whole mouth, and helps clean teeth.
    • Mild abrasive- With some help from your toothbrush, these help to remove debris and surface stains.
    • Humectants- This ingredient helps to prevent water loss, and keeps your toothpaste from drying out or getting gummy.


    Although all toothpaste contains basic formula, yet they are still not the same at all, it will differ depending on the added element for other benefits.  Here are few guides that may help you choose proper toothpaste for your dental requirement.

    • Plaque and gingivitis- Several toothpaste contains active ingredients that can fight plaque and gingivitis, an early form of gum disease.
    • Whitening- looking for a little extra sparkle in your smile?, “whitening” toothpastes have special chemical or polishing agents that help remove more surface stains than regular toothpastes. 
    • Desensitizing- If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to consider using desensitizing toothpaste. These contain compounds which help to reduce tooth sensitivity.
    • Decay prevention- Fluoride is a natural cavity fighter that helps to strengthen tooth enamel and fight tooth decay. Not all toothpastes contain fluoride. Be sure to always use toothpaste containing this cavity-fighting mineral.


    Dental Considerations:

    To make sure that you are choosing appropriate toothpaste for your dental needs, visit  your dentist and seek advice  as they can identify which form of toothpaste is necessary for you. Same goes for your child, it is important to speak first to your dentist as they will be able to recommend which type of toothpaste would be better for your child before using any kind of toothpaste to prevent any dental problems.  

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