While you may not give it much thought, you rely on toothpaste every single day (or at least you should). Toothpaste is a basic hygiene product that we all need, regardless of age, gender or race. How much do you really know about this gooey substance that you spread across your toothbrush? Here is a closer look at toothpaste, including why it looks and feels the way it does as well as how important it is towards your smile health.
Why Is Toothpaste Gritty?
If you’ve noticed there is some “grit” to your toothpaste, that’s okay. In fact, there is a reason for it. This is an abrasive feature of toothpaste that allows it to help scrub food debris and plaque from your teeth and gums.
Why the Mint Flavor?
Contrary to what you may think, toothpaste does not need to be flavored at all to do its job. In fact, it doesn’t even need that peppermint flavor to freshen your breath. The act of removing excess oral bacteria is what gets rid of your bad breath! However, mint gives an immediate feeling of clean and fresh to your mouth, and it keeps patients coming back for that feeling again and again.
Which Is Better, Paste or Gel?
When it comes to debating paste versus gel, you can’t lose. The look, flavor and consistency of your toothpaste is largely a matter of preference. Which one will you use more often?
What Is the Most Important Ingredient to Look For?
Not all toothpastes are created equal. Beyond looking for the ADA seal of approval on your toothpaste label, you’ll also need to verify it contains fluoride. Fluoride plays a monumental role in preventing tooth decay and protecting your teeth from harmful acids.
Not happy with your current toothpaste? Considering switching brands or types? We can help. At Riverwood Dental, we understand how overwhelming it can be to choose a toothpaste in the grocery store aisle. Our dentists can recommend a toothpaste that needs your unique dental care needs best. We hope that by getting to know your toothpaste a little more, you’ll also have more appreciation for this vital oral hygiene product in your bathroom cabinet.