You don’t really think too much about this product, but this common household product could affect your dental health more than you initially thought of. As an adult, you may be using the same brand of toothpaste as what you’ve used when you were younger. Without any passing glance, you may not know what is found in your toothpaste and what its components are. You may not even know at all which toothpaste is ideal for you depending on the state of your dental health. So what should you look for in a good product?
Every toothpaste product is composed different depending on its advertised indications. However, all toothpastes should more or less contain the following active ingredients:
Glycerol. Also known as “humectants”, these substances are important to keep your toothpaste from drying out once you’ve opened the tube. Toothpaste has to be maintained in a soft medium so that it can be squeezed out from the tube and onto the bristles of your toothbrush.
Detergents. Ever wonder why your toothpaste bubbles and lathers when you start brushing your teeth. The reason for this is the addition of a type of detergent in your toothpaste.
Fluoride. The main reason for why you use toothpaste is so that your teeth can be exposed to fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral is essential for the regeneration of enamel crystals in order to fortify the enamel layer and keep it from developing cavities.
Flavoring Agents. The usual toothpastes contain mint as flavoring but when you are buying for your kid, then you would buy a product that contains some sort of fruity flavoring. Regardless of which toothpaste you buy, make sure that it does not contain sugar in its sucrose or glucose form but, rather, makes use of artificial sweeteners to keep your child from developing tooth decay and defeating the purpose of toothbrushing.
Abrasives. Most toothpastes indicate that they are able to whiten teeth. These types of toothpastes often contain abrasives, the active whitening agent. The only problem is that overexposure to these abrasives can lead to the destruction of the enamel layer, which can render the tooth vulnerable to conditions such as teeth sensitivity and tooth decay.
While fluoride is crucial for the maintenance of good dental health, overexposure of fluoride in children who have yet to have their permanent teeth exfoliate could lead to a condition called dental fluorosis. This condition can lead to the cosmetic problems with regards to the enamel layer of permanent teeth. For this reason, dentists only recommend the use of toothpaste in children aged two and above. And for these children, only a smear of toothpaste should be used.
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