Best Toothpaste

Toothbrush & Toothpaste is primarily used to maintain proper oral health. So we should use the best toothpaste maintain proper oral health. This a most common question to a Dentist, that what toothpaste should I use? In this article I will discuss this topic, I won’t prescribe here any company brand, but I will guide you to chose the best toothpaste for an individual.

Best Toothpaste and Tooth Brush, know about this

Toothpaste is a gel or paste dentifrice used with a toothbrush as an accessory to clean and maintain the aesthetics, oral hygiene and health of teeth & mouth. In the market so many available toothpastes is there like Colgate, Pepsodent, Close-up, Dabur, Sensodyne, Glister, Himalaya & Patanjali etc. but choose the perfect one according to your need.  Tooth brushing technique is also important to clean tooth properly, I said about Brushing technique in my last article, read that.

Component of toothpaste:

Abrasives: To remove tartar & plaque & stains. Common abrasives include alumina, calcium carbonate,  dicalcium phosphate, silica and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).

Detergents: Its also known as foaming agents or surfactants & soap. Common detergents include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium lauryl sacrosinate.

Fluoride: Fluoride in toothpaste has beneficial effects on the formation of dental enamel helps to prevent from caries.  stannous fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate and olaflur are also commonly used.

Colouring Agents & Flavor: It’s to improve the taste & colour of toothpaste

Humectants: Used to maintain a consistent paste-like texture and retain water in the toothpaste. Retaining water prevents the separation of liquid and solid.

Antibacterial agents: Triclosan, is a common toothpaste ingredient in the United Kingdom. Triclosan or zinc chloride prevent gingivitis and, according to the American Dental Association, it helps reduce tartar and bad breath.

Preservatives: It’s to prevent the growth of microorganisms in the toothpaste.

Other: Natural product like Neem, Salt etc. is also used in some toothpaste.

For sensitivity: Commonly Potassium nitrate or strontium chloride used to stop tooth sensitivity, it used to block the Dentinal tubule & temporary reliefs from tooth sensitivity. To know read this.

Bleaching agent: It is used to whitening the tooth,Peroxide, citroxain, and certain abrasives commonly used.

Best Toothpaste

How you will choose the best toothpaste?

I won’t suggest you any brand name here, but I will suggest you use any standard toothpaste. I have seen some paste is more abrasive, which causes tooth erosion & abrasion, don’t use this kind of toothpaste. Before using toothpaste you should know the purpose of using it.

     Before choosing a toothpaste the suggestion is:

  • Use any Standard toothpaste.
  • For prevention from caries, you can use Fluoride toothpaste, after dentist advice.
  • Don’t use any toothpaste which has more abrasive.
  • Some toothpaste is there to stop Sensitivity, you can use sensitivity toothpaste if you are having sensitivity.
  • Commonly I don’t suggest patient to use tooth whitening toothpaste, in which chemical some chemical is given for tooth whitening, because i noticed some side effect of this toothpaste.

Better tooth gives you better health

Conclusion: Use the proper tooth paste to maintain proper oral health. Before buying a toothpaste know everything & then buy. Proper Tooth brushing technique is also important to clean tooth properly.

Written By: Dr. Anuran Ghosh Mondal


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