- Egyptians were the first recorded civilizations to have used toothpaste.
- Toothpaste use goes as far back as 5,000 years.
There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to toothpaste, what kind, how much, how often… does any of it really matter? Yes, it does, let’s talk about toothpaste!
Ingredients in toothpaste
Abrasives do not play an “active” role, since they don’t contribute anything to your teeth, but they do help remove the excess food debris, and can even whiten your teeth.
How Much Toothpaste To Use?
If you’re using standard toothpaste, you don’t need much toothpaste, if you are brushing a child’s teeth, you should use toothpaste formulated for children.
- Everyone older than 3 (including adults) – Use a pea-sized amount
- Children under 3 – Use a rice-sized amount or about half of the pea-sized amount.
What Kind Of Toothpaste Should I Use?
This toothpaste is formulated to whiten teeth with surface stains on them. Surface stains are often a result of lifestyle choices, i.e. food, drink, alcohol, tobacco use, etc. Depending on what caused the stain, you may be able to make it a few shades whiter or get rid of it completely. However, whitening toothpaste is not nearly as effective as a professional whitening treatment.
Fluoride toothpaste has extra fluoride in it for those that are deficient. Too much fluoride is also a bad thing since you can be diagnosed with fluorosis. Fluorosis can affect the visual appearance of your teeth in a number of ways and may even promote tooth decay. You should consult a dentist to see if you need more fluoride. You may also want to check your city’s policy on adding fluoride to the drinking water (which has been proven both safe and effective in small amounts).
Children’s & fluoride-Free Toothpaste
Which Toothpaste Should I Buy?
Here are a few toothpaste brands you can look into if you’re shopping around:
- Good Overall – Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpaste
- Best Budget – Crest Pro-Health Pro
- Whitening Toothpaste – Arm & Hammer Extreme Whitening Toothpaste
- Gum Disease – Parodontax Toothpaste
- Sensitive Teeth – Sensodyne Fresh Impact Sensitivity Toothpaste
- Bad Breath – TheraBreath Fresh Breath Toothpaste
- Dry Mouth – Biotene Fluoride Toothpaste
This list is merely a good place to look at recommendations for specific types of toothpaste. If you get good results with a product that isn’t listed, you can use that brand as well.
What Ingredients Should You Look Out For?
- Fluoride – You will want to know if it’s present, and how much it has. The American Dental Association recommends fluoride at RDA 250 or less.
- Sweetener – Toothpaste will often contain sugar-free sweeteners for taste, if your toothpaste has sugar in it, you will want to switch brands.
- Whitening Agents – Does it contain a whitening agent like hydrogen peroxide? If so, you may not want to use it as your main toothpaste. If your teeth don’t appear whiter after using the toothpaste over time then it will be best to use a standard toothpaste.