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Choosing the right toothpaste – what should we pay attention to?

pastyThe right approach to the daily oral hygiene leaves an impact not only on the state and health of our teeth, but also our overall health. Aside of carefully chosen toothbrush, choosing the perfect toothpaste is recommended as well. There are as many types of these as their functions. That’s why consulting our dentist is so important, as after examining our teeth, he will be able to tell us what kind of products are recommended for us.

Ingredients and characteristics of toothpastes

We distinguish different types of toothpaste. The most frequent one has a texture comparable to a thick sour cream. We can buy it at most of the stores and drugstores. We can also stumble upon the gel toothpastes (mostly aimed at children), toothpaste sprays (perfect for the trips), powders and tooth cleaning tablets. Which one fo them will we choose is entirely up to us.

Paying attention to the ingredients is recommended as well. The most frequently found ingredients are:

 

  • The polishing ones – remove the plaque from the enamel.
  • The abrasive ones – remove dental plaque and discolorations.
  • The foaming ones – reduce the surface tension (which makes stain removal easier).
  • Fluorine compounds – prevent cavities and increase protection.
  • Antimicrobial – slow down the development of dental plaque and protect the tooth from bacteria and viruses, while also acting anti-inflammatory.
  • Supplemental – supplements in charge of giving the toothpaste its taste, appearance, smell and thickness.
  • Water – acts as a solvent.

 

Toothpaste types

The toothpastes are divided into different kinds, with their functions being adressed to the different groups of people, which makes taking a closer look at them important, especially if we want to know what kinds of toothpastes can we choose from.

Toothpaste types:

 

  • children’s toothpastes
  • traditional toothpastes
  • organic toothpastes
  • herbal toothpastes
  • homeopathic toothpastes
  • whitening toothpastes
  • remineralizing toothpastes
  • toothpastes for sensitive teeth
  • anti – periodontitis toothpastes

 

Keeping an eye on the RDA and REA levels is recommended too. These abbreviations show the abrasiveness level on the enamel and dentine. If the toothpaste’s RDA is between 30 and 70, it’s generally considered a delicate toothpaste, aimed at the people with sensitive teeth. RDA levels of over 100 signify a very high level of abrasiveness. This kind of toothpaste is used for whitening and removing even the worst discolorations.

For a person without any problems with their teeth and gums and using the traditional toothpaste, RDA level of 50 is recommended.