The selection in toothpastes is huge, even within a specific brand like Crest or Colgate. There are whitening toothpastes, fluoride toothpastes, fresh breath toothpastes, natural toothpastes, sensitive teeth toothpastes and more. GQ magazine recently published a dentist’s recommendations for the “best” toothpastes and here the Sacramento Dentistry Group comments on some of these selections.
A significant problem with whitening toothpastes is that they are very abrasive. Your tooth has a limited amount of enamel and it remineralizes fairly slowly. Combine too much or too aggressive brushing with highly abrasive toothpaste and you can actually lose more than just dull, yellow teeth. You can also lose enamel.
That’s why we appreciate their recommendation of Sensodyne whitening toothpaste. This brand is one of the lowest on the scale of abrasiveness for whitening pastes, so it is less likely to do any harm while removing superficial stains from your teeth. Nevertheless, as the article somewhat suggests, you will do even better simply by using a low abrasion toothpaste and visiting our downtown dental office for professional teeth whitening instead.
Gum Disease Toothpaste
Here the magazine recommendation is Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean toothpaste. That’s a mouthful for sure — a mouthful of stannous fluoride. While fluoride is fluoride, you don’t actually use it for oral care in its elemental form. Fluoride is always combined with another element into a beneficial molecular compound. Stannous fluoride is generally more expensive, but also more effective than the usual sodium fluoride. Thus, it makes a terrific ingredient for a gum disease defeating toothpaste.
Bad Breath Toothpaste
SmartMouth Smart Zinc toothpaste is formulated to absorb molecules that cause bad breath, specifically sulfur. That’s well and good on the surface, but bad breath comes from something, and that is often the oral bacteria that create gum disease. Pernicious bad breath should always be investigated by your dentist before using short-term fixes like bad breath paste, mouthwashes, or chewing gum.
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