We use it multiple times every day. Throw some on your toothbrush and brush away. We really don’t give it much thought, but toothpaste has a big job to do. I mean just stop and think about all the things toothpaste needs to accomplish:
- It needs to be abrasive enough to brush away the leftover food and plaque on your teeth. These same abrasives also polish your teeth and removes some of those unwanted stains.
- The fluoride in your toothpaste works to make your teeth more resistant to decay and helps make your teeth stronger.
- It also needs to fight tartar.
- Many toothpastes have Desensitizing agents in them which helps to relieve the sensitivity in your teeth.
- And then there’s the job of foaming up, yep that actually happens for a reason. The foam helps to carry away debris from your mouth and between your teeth.
- Of course we don’t want dried up toothpaste so there has to be humectant to prevent that from happening.
- And we all want our mouths to feel fresh after we brush, so it needs to be flavorful.
That’s quite a load toothpaste carries.
How to minimize the risk of tooth wear
The best way to minimize wear on your teeth is to brush properly. You want to use short and gently strokes in a circular motion with a soft-bristle brush.
Which toothpaste is right for me?
We all have our own unique oral needs. So when choosing a toothpaste, think about your personal needs. Different toothpastes accomplish different things. For example, some will help with sensitivity. Other help more with plaque and tartar. Or you might want to whiten your teeth. Some toothpastes can do all of the above. The best way to determine which toothpaste is right for you, is to speak to your dentist.