Toothpaste was invented by the Ancient Egyptians in 5000 BC. Toothbrushes were not yet invented at that time. The first toothpaste was believed to be in powder form and mixed with water.
Today’s toothpaste varieties are easy to use, but the selection can be overwhelming. To ensure you’re using the right toothpaste type, the best person to talk to is your dentist.
For a start, here are the types of toothpaste that you may consider.
- Whitening Toothpastes
Commonly found in advertisements, these type of toothpaste is formulated to help you achieve a brighter smile.
These toothpastes usually consist of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, which are known for their ability to help lighten the shade of the tooth. However, note that a toothpaste only contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide as opposed to teeth whitening treatments in the dental office.
That being said, whitening toothpastes can only do as much.
Note, too, that the colour of the tooth naturally changes as people age. The tooth enamel gets thinner, which then reveals more of the layer below it called the dentin. The dentin is darker in color, hence making your teeth appear darker, too.
If you’re considering teeth whitening treatments, results may vary in areas of your teeth that have already received dental work.
- Desensitizing Toothpaste
Made for sensitive teeth, desensitizing types of toothpaste are also worth considering. They include ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride that help keep pain signals from reaching the nerves of the tooth.
If you’re experiencing teeth sensitivity, it would be best, to see your dentist first to diagnose the cause.
- Tartar Control Toothpaste
If you’re prone to tartar buildup, your dentist may advise that you use a toothpaste for tartar control.
This type of toothpaste can help prevent tartar buildup. But even if you’re using this product, you’ll still need to come to the dental office for your routine cleanings and checkup.
When plaque hardens, it turns into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional.
- Toothpaste for Kids
Make brushing more appealing for kids by opting for flavoured toothpastes. For little ones that are still unable to spit, be sure to use a toothpaste that is safe to swallow.
Apply a grain size amount of toothpaste on your kid’s brush. For children ages three and above, you may use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Happy With Your Toothpaste?
The right choice of toothpaste will help make brushing more beneficial. So for you and your family, don’t settle for just any type. Avoid basing your decision on the price and packaging. Pick instead a dentist-recommended product.