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Which is the best toothpaste to use? Many people think which toothpaste will be best for their better oral health. Here are some facts that you have to Know to select your toothpaste. Are you interested to know why they become best toothpaste to use.

“Do you have salt in your toothpaste?” ; Suddenly Priyanka Chopra pops in the screen during an advertisement of a toothpaste. She says it is one of the important constituent of toothpaste and suggest to buy toothpastes with salt in it.

“Do you have lemon in your toothpaste?” Suddenly an actress pops in similarly and suggests to buy toothpaste with lemon as constituent. A similar case with “Neem” was also been advertised. These advertisements might have confused people what they seek in the toothpastes.

American Dental Association (ADA) has given some guidelines that a toothpaste must constitute.

  1. All toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance must contain fluoride.
  2. In addition to fluoride, toothpastes may contain active ingredients to help in ways such as lessening tooth sensitivity, whitening teeth, reducing gingivitis or tartar build-up, or preventing enamel erosion or bad breath.
  3. Flavoring agents that cause or contribute to tooth decay (e.g., sugar) may not be contained in any ADA-Accepted toothpaste.

ADA has given constituent “Fluoride” as first priority than other constituent. Fluoride is one of the very important elements that has significant role in decreasing the dental caries rate, remineralizing the demineralized enamel and make the enamel of teeth strong so it can resist caries. So we must seek for the fluoride in the toothpaste firstly.

Best toothpaste to use for children

Most of the people have habit using same toothpaste for adult and children. But it varies in both amount to be taken and concentration of fluoride in toothpaste. Children less than 3 years should take small amount of toothpaste (size of grain) during brushing. Children up to 6 years should take about “pea” size of toothpaste during brushing, The choice of toothpaste will also vary from adult.

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Which Toothpaste is best to use ?

Generally fluoride concentration in toothpaste that is used by adult is 1000 ppm while toothpaste for children have 500 ppm of fluoride. So this amount and concentration can maintain g good oral health in children if brushed regularly.

Other constituent

Toothpaste typically consists of many ingredients. Anticaries agents: Fluoride-containing compounds in the form of sodium monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride and stannous fluoride are used as anticaries agents in toothpastes. All ADA-Accepted toothpastes must contain fluoride.

Desensitizing agents:

Potassium nitrate and stannous fluoride are two commonly found desensitizing agents in toothpastes.

Antimicrobial agents:

Stannous fluoride helps reduce gingivitis. Pyrophosphates and zinc citrate help reduce the build-up of calculus (tartar).

Abrasive agents

Calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminum oxides, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts and silicates.

Detergents

It is added to create foaming action that may help increase the solubility of plaque and accretions during brushing. They include sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium N-lauryl sarcosinate.

Flavoring agents

Humectants, such as glycerol, propylene glycol and sorbitol, to help prevent water loss in the toothpaste. Lemon, salt, Neem are some of the flavoring agents of toothpaste. There are more such flavoring agents.

These flavoring agents will make toothpaste pleasing to taste and may give fresh breath. These different flavored can be selected according to persons choice. But the flavoring agents should not be accepted at the cost of fluoride. The important constitute fluoride should always be kept in mind.

Avoid Sugary Toothpaste

Some toothpaste might have sugary content (monosachharide, disachharide) for maintaining good flavor. Sugar contributes to tooth decay, so using toothpaste that contains sugar is not advisable.Children’s toothpaste, in particular, may contain high levels of sugar to make it more palatable.ADA-approved toothpaste will not contain sugar or any other substances that contribute to tooth decay.

Dr Suresh Dahal

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