Dental plaque is a biofilm of bacteria and sugar that constantly forms on our teeth. The problem with dental plaque is that it is acidic and can actually break down the enamel of the tooth and cause cavities to form.
Plaque can also irritate your gums which can cause a variety of problems such as gingivitis. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and cavities. One of the most effective and easy ways to take care of and control plaque is by brushing your teeth regularly and thoroughly at a minimum of twice a day. It is important to know some of the key ingredients in toothpaste such as: fluoride, flavor, detergents, abrasives, and treatment additives. One of the best ways to find the best toothpaste for you is to ask your dentist by contacting us at (480) 470-6803.
Here are some of the top toothpaste types and some reasons to use it.
Repair and Protect Toothpastes
- Helps to repairs vulnerable areas
- Often dentist recommended
- Great for sensitive teeth and tooth pain
If you have been using whitening toothpaste and too much pressure you can actually wear down the enamel and create sensitivity which may be uncomfortable. Repair and Protect toothpastes are less abrasive on sensitive teeth and can help strengthen or repair weaker enamel.
Charcoal Whitening Toothpastes
- Will remove some stains and discoloration
- Many options available, including charcoal
- More gentle on the teeth than whitening gels and treatment
Absorptive qualities and mild abrasives bind the bacteria and help lift impurities out of the teeth.
Complete Care/ Multipurpose
If you are like many others and have gotten your oral care down to a T, then a total -all-around “complete” toothpaste might be for you. This type of toothpaste is great general toothpaste, but isn’t recommended if you are trying to target any dental concerns you have.
Baking Soda/ Non-Peroxide Whitening
- Doesn’t use peroxide, which can be harmful to gums
- Removes very deep stains
- Marketed to those with discolored teeth
A lot of whitening toothpastes will have peroxide inside which can create sensitivity, but a baking soda-based is a great alternative. The toothpaste will lift deeper and stronger stains than a lot of other toothpaste brands.
If you are looking for a specific recommendation for your mouth and teeth, or would like any more information or would like to see which brand your dentist would suggest, please contact us for a consultation by clicking this link.