Ask a friend what kind of toothpaste they use and why, and you’ll often get the answer, “I use regular old toothpaste because that’s what I’ve used since I was a kid.” While there’s certainly nothing wrong with sticking with what works, the wide variety of toothpaste on the market today means there may be something that better addresses your specific dental hygiene needs. As a leading Aspen dentist, we encourage our patients to understand their options.
What’s in Toothpaste?
Your Aspen dentist recommends that you brush daily with an American Dental Association-approved toothpaste. So, as a little background, here’s what you’ll find in your standard tube:
- Mild abrasives. These substances scrub the tooth surface and help remove food particles and surface-level stains. You may see names like calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, and hydrated aluminum oxide.
- Humectants. These are added to prevent water loss. You’ll see things like glycerol, propylene, and glycol on the label.
- Flavoring agents. Non-sugar sweeteners are added to improve the taste of toothpaste.
- Fluoride. This chemical compound helps protect and strengthen tooth enamel. It also remineralizes enamel that has begun to decay.
- Detergents. These compounds create foaming action. Look for names like sodium N-Lauryl sarcosinate and sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Thickening agents or binders. These substances help stabilize the toothpaste formula. Common examples are natural gums, mineral colloids, and synthetic cellulose.
There was a time when there was only one type of toothpaste. And, it almost always came in mint flavor. Today, there are many flavors, and formulations created to address certain oral health issues, including:
- Sensitivity. These toothpastes help decrease the sensitivity and discomfort that some people have.
- Tartar buildup. Tartar control toothpastes are for people who have a natural tendency to produce excessive tartar.
- Yellowing. Whitening toothpastes help give you a brighter smile.
- Excessive plaque. Some toothpastes are specifically formulated to inhibit plaque accumulation.
Get a Recommendation from Your Aspen Dentist
The best way to decide on which toothpaste is right for your specific needs is to consult your Aspen dentist. We can talk with you about your oral health challenges and make a recommendation. To make an appointment with Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Van Gorden, please call 970-279-5647 or connect with us online at elevatewillits.com.
We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.