We know that proper brushing of our teeth at least twice every day is critical to maintaining good oral hygiene and health. Proper brushing begins with having the proper tools, and one of these tools is toothpaste of course.
MouthHealthy.org explains that all toothpastes contain certain general ingredients, but some may also contain additional ingredients to address a particular aspect of oral care.
So how do you decipher all of the ingredients on a toothpaste box? Here are three basic categories that most toothpaste ingredients fall under:
#1 Cleansing Agents
Types of cleansing agents could include:
- Mild Abrasive (This clears away stains and debris from the teeth.)
- Detergent (which also produces the foam)
#2 Texturizing Elements
- Humectants (This prevents the toothpaste from becoming dry or gummy.)
- Binders (These stabilize and thicken the toothpaste.)
- Flavor (No one wants their toothpaste to actually taste like paste.)
#3 Other Teeth Strengthening Elements
This broader category might include:
- Fluoride (which fights cavities and tooth decay, as well as strengthen the enamel)
- Tooth sensitivity agents
- Polishing agents (Everyone wants pearly, sparkly whites!)
Regardless if you choose a specialty toothpaste or a more generic formula, be sure to make sure that you select a toothpaste which is approved by the American Dental Association. This will ensure a safe and effective formula that is sure to keep your smile healthy and bright.