Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, fields questions every single day from patients wanting to know all about toothpaste. What is the best brand? Do we really need it? How much should we use? Oral hygiene dates back to the time of the early Greeks and Romans, or possibly even before that. The substances used for dental care according to history varied from crushed bones and shells to vinegar and clay. Today’s toothpaste are full of many ingredients, some of which may look familiar, and some which you may find challenging to pronounce. All of them are designed to keep your smile clean, fresh, and germ free. But are they all good for you?
Abrasives: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Toothpastes are generally made up of some kind of abrasive with the goal in mind of keeping your teeth squeaky clean. Abrasives are various insoluble particles which scrub against tooth enamel to help remove food debris, germs, plaque and other harmful materials on your teeth. Common abrasives you may recognize from the ingredients list of your toothpaste tube include:
- Aluminum hydroxide
- Calcium carbonate
- Powdered mica
- Various silicas
Bear in mind that some abrasives brighten and whiten your teeth because they actually slightly wear down your tooth enamel. Whitening toothpastes up the dosage of abrasives so long term use of whitening pastes can actually damage teeth or at the very least, make them more sensitive.
Fluoride: The Good Stuff
One ingredient you should look for in your toothpaste is fluoride. Derived from fluorine (a naturally occurring element) fluoride in toothpastes has been one of the most significant improvements in oral healthcare care over the past century. Fluoride is an invaluable ingredient in helping control cavities, gum disease, and any condition caused by germs in your mouth. Fluoride makes teeth stronger and more slippery so that germs have trouble clinging to and penetrating teeth to cause damage. To super charge your dental hygiene routine, consider finishing off with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Dental Checkups from Farmington Hills Dentist
Unfortunately, no toothpaste is advanced enough to diagnose cavities, or remove plaque that has developed on tooth roots. To ensure your mouth is at its best, schedule an appointment with Comfort Dental Spa today by calling (248)474-6434. We serve patients in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, and Detroit neighborhoods.