The Toothpaste Guide
By Mina Levi, DDS, 12/11/2014
When you walk into a store and head to the oral care isle, you may become overwhelmed with all the different kinds and brands of toothpaste, you may not know the difference between them and it is difficult choosing which one is right for you. In this week’s article, Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS discusses the different types of toothpaste and how to choose the right fit for you.
What is toothpaste?
This may seem like a silly question, most of us know what toothpaste is in terms of it’s the gel paste that we brush our teeth with. However, toothpaste is more than just the stuff we squeeze onto our toothbrushes. Toothpaste’s active ingredients are made up of abrasives (cleaning and polishing agents), detergent (foams to loosen plaque and debris) and fluoride (for caries protection). All of these components together help remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and prevent decay and cavities.
Types of toothpaste:
1. Tartar control: this type of toothpaste helps prevent further build-up of tartar (hardened plaque), but cannot reach tartar that builds up below the gum line. If tartar collects below the gum line, a deep cleaning or scaling and root planning may be necessary.
2. Sensitive teeth: this toothpaste is low-abrasion, and is gentler on exposed dentin or receding gum lines that cause tooth sensitivity.
3. Whitening: these toothpastes vary in the results since they vary in strength. Some that are too strong may cause damage to your teeth, so make sure to consult San Francisco Dentist Mina Levi before using it.
4. Children’s: this type of toothpaste contains a smaller amount of fluoride than adult toothpaste.
No matter which type of toothpaste you choose, you should always choose toothpaste with at least a small amount of fluoride in it to help protect your teeth from cavities. If you have questions or concerns about which type of toothpaste is right for you, give Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS a visit on the web at www.minalevidds.com or give us a call at (415) 513-5066.
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