How do I choose a proper toothpaste
At first sight, for some people, choosing a toothpaste seems to be an easy thing. However, to choose the proper toothpaste do some research and think about: regular or tooth whitening toothpaste? with fluoride or for sensitive teeth? to combat plaque, enamel restoration or to heal bleeding gums? Which tooth whiteners should I choose?
- Toothpaste for sensitive teeth should be slightly abrasive. When you eat food or drink, pain occurs (which actually occurs from the tooth nerve). Tooth decay, gums recede and tooth sensitivity manifest by short and intense pain caused by sweet, cold, hot or acidic foods. Very slightly abrasive toothpaste (may contain fluorinol) forms a protective layer on the dentin surface. It should be known that a too intense brushing can lead to tooth sensitivity.
- Toothpaste with calcium strengthens tooth enamel. If you do not brush your teeth in a proper way or over the years, tooth enamel becomes thinner and is affected by demineralization due to insufficient secretion of saliva. Saliva contains antibacterial substances and prevents cavities and gum problems. Using a toothpaste based on calcium peroxide is necessary in this case because remineralizes and strengthens tooth enamel. Furthermore, attenuates tooth staining, so wecan say that this is a tooth whitening toothpaste.
- Using a toothpaste containing stannous complex can prevent gingivitis and has an antibacterial effect. Sugars irritate the gums and can even lead to tooth loss. This substance (stannous complex) has powerful antibacterial effects, fights against cavities, helps prevent gingivitis and clean your mouth.
- Fluoride toothpaste should be used only on the dentist recommendation. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen enamel and prevents decay but is harmful in large quantities. Fluoride can reduce the effects of acid in the mouth, strengthens enamel and can remineralize the affected areas. Overdosing can lead to fluorosis, a condition that is manifested by the presence of white spots on tooth surfaces. Fluoride toothpaste should not be swallowed because it can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Experts insist that parents do not use much fluoride toothpaste for children.
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Toothpaste with baking soda help whiten only tooth’s surface. The effect is short-lived, only removing surface stains. We recommend to use this product especially in the morning. Those who contain baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are carefully controlled. In fact, these tooth bleaching toothpastes do not increase the whiteness of the tooth like bleaching kits. They only remove stains and protect tooth enamel. It is forbidden to mix hydrogen peroxide with toothpaste to make a homemade tooth whitener. There is a danger that your mouth to be exposed to too much hydrogen peroxide which may cause gum irritation, sensitivity and other problems. It is possible that some brands of tooth whitening toothpaste to contain harsh abrasives and destroy tooth enamel.
Some brands have chosen to introduce in the content of tooth whitening toothpaste very fine silica powder, a very mild abrasive, which is designed to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth. Most bleaching toothpaste that includes hydrogen peroxide are weaker than bleaching kits and contains small amounts of peroxide.
Teeth bleaching toothpaste is available in small travel sizes like other toothpaste containers. To buy bleaching toothpastes in bulk is an advantage due to low cost. The standard mint flavor is available almost for all types of toothpastes.
If you want a natural bleaching treatment on long-term, you can turn to other teeth whiteners: salt (must not have decay), apple (not affecting tooth enamel), lemon juice (teeth slightly moistened with lemon juice) basil (effectively whitens teeth). This teeth whiteners are cheaper than bleaching kits, do not sensitizes the teeth and can be used at any age.
Bleaching toothpaste review
On the internet, you can find tooth whitening toothpastes at a remarkably reasonable price (2 pack at about $3.50). This teeth bleaching toothpaste called „Vivid anticavity teeth whitening” helps keep your teeth clean and white, removes up to 80% of surface stains in just 14 days, leaves your mouth full of mint freshness and does not affect sensitive teeth.
Other tooth whitening toothpastes which act like a tooth whitener use fluoride and some bleaching agent in the composition and we recommend to be extremely careful because can affect tooth enamel. Use this tooth bleaching toothpaste only on the weekends-worth it because tooth enamel is recovering very hard (recently discovered gels that restore enamel) or not at all. Sensitive teeth due to night grinding (called bruxism) can be treated also using this kind of toothpaste. The sensitivity progressively went away, and you could drink cold or hot drinks without any pain.
Some tooth whitening toothpastes are specially formulated to remove coffee, tea, tobacco, wine and other stains and have a tartar control. You will get lots of compliments on how white and brightening teeth are. You may notice a difference within a week. Another advantage of this every-day bleaching toothpaste is that it can be used even 20 years without any complaint. If your teeth are sensitive to peroxide based teeth whiteners kits use this toothpaste like a great alternative.
Whitening fluoride with baking soda or peroxide toothpastes are more expensive than regular tooth whitening toothpaste (about $20-$25) because it takes care of your gums and has baking soda and peroxide. The taste leaves the mouth feeling fresh, and the dispenser is better than the squeeze-only toothpaste tubes. This kind of toothpaste can be used like an after-bleaching treatment in order to maintain your whiteness for a long period of time.
Did you ever wonder what contains a regular toothpaste or a tooth whitening toothpaste? These can be found in the form of a gel or paste, with different flavors and are used for teeth brushing.
- Fluoride: is the most common active ingredient acting to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride helps strengthen and whiten teeth, strengthening and maintaining healthy tooth enamel. However, use small amounts of fluoride, especially for children. It is regularly used for bleaching toothpaste.
- Abrasive agents: are considered essential components of a toothpaste. They can reduce by 50% the time required for plaque removal. Abrasive agents remove stains, food debris, giving a healthy-looking teeth. Abrasive agents are calcium carbonate and silica.
- Silicon dioxide: has the ability not to allow liquid to separate the solid components.
- Humectants: retain water inside toothpaste preventing dryness. Thanks to humectants, toothpaste maintains consistency for several weeks after opening the tube.
- Detergents: because of them exists that foam from each tooth brushing. Detergents have antimicrobial properties and depending on each toothpaste there are other optional ingredients. Toothpaste should not be swallowed because these detergents can lead to serious digestive problems. Most commonly used agent is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).There were the contradictory discussions regarding to sodium lauryl sulfate. Some researchers believe that these substances that exist in toothpaste, mouthwash, shower gels, cosmetics cause cancer. However, this cosmetic ingredient is designed to remove grease and stains from hands and hair.
- Thickeners: keep consistency, viscosity and texture of toothpaste. Without these, the paste is very soft.
- Baking soda: it helps neutralize acids and prevent oral cavities. No adverse effects of fluoride. It is used for bleaching toothpaste.
- Flavors : artificial sweeteners (saccharin) add toothpaste to have a pleasant taste. There are many flavors, like cinnamon, mint, lemon, apricot, vanilla, orange, lavender.
- Depending on each brand separately but also for each toothpaste, it also may contain: peroxide (bleaching toothpaste), enzymes, vitamins, calcium, herbs, seaweed (prevent decomposition), peppermint oil, paraffin (for a fine paste), glycerin (to prevent drying), chalk (remove tartar), titanium dioxide (keep teeth white), menthol (for a fresh breath), triclosan and zinc chloride (prevent gingivitis), sodium hydroxide (neutralizes acids).
Content toothpaste percentage:
- Preservatives (0.05%)
- „Connection” agents (1%)
- Abrasive cleaners (1-2%)
- Fluorine, sweeteners and dyes (1-5%)
- Humectants (10% – 30%)
“Enjoy your smile!”