Know Your Toothpaste
Toothpaste has changed a lot in the past few decades. It no longer includes only ‘paste’ textures.
Today, you have a selection of gels, pastes, or powder in which to use on your brush to ensure a healthy cleaning. These toothbrush solutions all are designed to remove plaque and to improve your overall oral health.
According to most, including the American Dental Association, toothpaste is imperative to oral health due to its effect on tooth and gum strength, not that this was any surprise to anyone.
But what exactly is in our toothpaste?
Obviously this answer varies based on brand and style, but in general it includes:
Gentle abrasives such as magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, as well as phosphate salts.
In addition, “humectants” which are substances that keeps the toothpaste from drying out.
Another major component to most toothpaste is Fluoride, which helps to strengthen enamel, making it more resistant to decay.
By now you might be wondering, which toothpaste is right for you?
With so many options to choose from today, choosing the right toothpaste for your specific needs can seem a daunting task indeed.
“One almost needs a PhD degree to weather the dental ‘aisle of confusion’,” says Richard H. Price, DMD, spokesperson for the ADA, and a former clinical instructor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
When shopping for the right toothpaste it is important to determine what the product says it will do to your teeth, and to know if whether or not it is accurate. The FDA heavily regulates all toothpastes containing fluoride since they make disease-fighting claims.
You can find all you need to know via the drug facts panel on the packaging, with all the ingredients, warnings and other pertinent details included.
If you want to know for sure that your toothpaste has been tried and tested, keep a lookout for the ADA seal of approval. This symbol will indicate that the manufacturer has undergone a testing program conducted by the ADA to gauge a product’s safety and ability.
“With the ADA seal on it, you know that it will do what it says,” notes Dr. Price, a retired dental professional from a 35-year private group practice in Newton, Mass.
It is inherently clear that toothpaste that contains fluoride, and is also regulated properly by the FDA can be the most beneficial due to its apparent ability to prevent gum disease. The only downside to fluoride containing toothpaste is the chance of accidentally swallowing the product.
Although, the FDA claims that even when dealing with the safety of a child, swallowing the amount of fluoride containing paste during a routine cleaning is not enough to cause serious harm.
All things considered, it is in your best interest to read the labels, and the facts and make your decision accordingly.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky DDS or Dr. Inna Trogan DDS, then please call our office today! (718) 246-5677
You can find our office in the heart of beautiful Brooklyn Heights at 100 Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dr. Inna Trogan – DDS is experienced in cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, and general dentistry. An active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association, Dr. Trogan continuously stays up-to-date on the latest state-of-the-art technologies and advances in dentistry. She takes personal pride in providing courteous and high quality professional treatment for all of her patients’ dental care needs.
Our dentists have served the residents of Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, and all of our other surrounding communities for years. They can be reached by phone, 718.246.5677 or at their office in 100 Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201. You can also book an appointment online.