21 Mar The Importance Of Toothpaste
Don’t neglect this basic but essential oral health tool.
Oral health brings lots of new treatments every single year, as dental technology advances. Cosmetic dentistry in particular is advancing at lightning speed and there are new innovative treatments available all the time, for all manner of cosmetic issues.
It is important though, whilst such new and exciting treatments come out, to remember the grassroots of our smile care. To remember the very basic foundations of excellent oral health, because we wouldn’t have a smile to improve or enjoy without a routine to keep it healthy.
One of those key foundations of basic oral health care is toothpaste. Something most of us use but never really think about, apart from perhaps the odd comment on flavour, or even trying out a new toothpaste to see if it whitens or offers help with sensitive teeth. Toothpaste is often overlooked, but it is really important and it is something that we should know about more, because it plays such an important role in the mouth.
Predominantly it is there to help us clean the teeth, but it also strengthens them, cleans the gums, freshens breath and helps to break down plaque. It may also help with removing food or drink debris that can contribute towards staining.
Which Toothpaste To Use?
So, now we know why toothpaste is so important, it is important to choose the right toothpaste. If you have been prescribed a toothpaste by your dentist then it is important you use that toothpaste until you don’t need to use it anymore. Your knowledgeable Egham dentist might prescribe you a toothpaste, for example; that is high in fluoride, higher than you can buy in the supermarket. This could be for something like counteracting a high sugar diet.
If you aren’t using a special toothpaste, then your selections are in the supermarket or shops in the high street. As a general rule you should put health first and choose something with the right amount of fluoride for you or your child’s age. You can find more information about this on the NHS website.
After you have health sorted out, you may want a toothpaste depending on flavour. Most are minty but you can get some that are fennel flavoured or aniseed which is more preferable to some people.
In terms of extra benefits like tooth whitening, there are no proven studies that suggest any toothpaste is going to give proven effects on whitening the teeth. Some may help remove stains from the day, but the only treatment that will help remove long term staining is professional tooth whitening, which you can have at your local Egham dentist.
Please Speak To Crown House Dental In Egham About Your Dental Hygiene Regime
Regardless of the toothpaste you use, it is always good to have a regular checkup and review of your current dental hygiene regime so that you can adapt it to your needs. This might mean you need to change your brushing technique, change your toothpaste or possibly look at general or cosmetic dentistry treatments with your Egham Dentist. You may even want to book in for some tooth cleaning or treatments with one of our hygienists. Please call us on 01784432641 and we will be more than happy to book you an appointment or give you more information.