Very few people are aware that using the right toothpaste – according to your individual dental needs – is essential for great oral care maintenance. Just as practicing good oral care habits are important for the wellbeing of your teeth and gums, choosing the right toothpaste helps to maximise the effectiveness of your daily cleaning regime. For instance, if your dentist finds that your teeth are prone to cavities, then using a fluoride-infused toothpaste can help to stop the bacterial buildup and prevent future tooth decay. There are other types of toothpastes that work on other problems.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the different types of issues and the toothpaste created with the specific need in mind:
For sensitive teeth
Many people with sensitive teeth are astonished by the positive results they get from simply changing to a different type of toothpaste.
There are quite a few brands of toothpaste available for sensitive teeth; there’s typically one version of “sensitive-type” toothpaste from every major brand. Just look for the label that reads “For Sensitive Teeth” or “Sensitivity Relief”. The only question is which one works better for you?
Since there’s no perfect toothpaste for everyone, the best thing you can do is try several different brands to find the product that works best for you. If you find a particular brand of toothpaste that works, you should notice a decrease in sensitivity with regular use. Tip: To reduce sensitivity for those with exposed tooth roots, you can spread a thin layer of the toothpaste over the exposed area with a Q-tip before going to bed.
For discoloured teeth
Teeth whitening toothpaste vary from brand to brand, according to: Composition of bleaching agent; strength (potency) of bleaching agent; with/without fluoride; dentist-dispensed or over-the-counter product. Teeth whitening toothpastes offer an affordable and easy alternative to remove stubborn teeth stains accumulated over years – such as those from smoking and drinking red wine.
However, it is important to note that teeth whitening toothpaste take a much longer time than dentist-administered chair-side laser whitening treatments to produce visible shade difference.
For natural herb lovers
If you are into organic therapies and natural remedies, the herbal toothpaste may be your best bet. It contains natural ingredients with antimicrobial, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Although they may cost more than traditional toothpastes, some people favour herbal toothpaste because they do not wish to ingest any artificial flavourings or processed chemicals. Others believe that the organic ingredients contain effective cleaning properties and need not worry about teeth sensitivity from the high concentration of the herbal paste, as opposed to chemical agents like hydrogen peroxide.
For tartar control
Tartar control toothpaste typically require between a few days to several weeks to effectively remove the hardened deposits of plaque on the teeth. In difficult cases, it would take more than a tube of toothpaste to achieve the desired results.
Tartar control toothpastes usually contain sodium pyrophosphate. While it may be an effective ingredient for preventing tartar buildup, the substance is not recommended for those with sensitive teeth. It should also be noted that such toothpastes work only with soft deposits over the gum line. For more stubborn tartar, there is no substitute for professional dental cleaning.
To book an appointment with one of our friendly dentists to consult on any dental issues – including laser teeth whitening and professional dental cleaning – please contact Macquarie Street Centre today. Simply call our friendly Sydney CBD Clinic at 02 9247 1394.