Is There Anything to Worry About By Using Novelty Flavored Toothpastes?
Posted on 11/16/2020 by SmileCOS Dentistry
While novelty-flavored toothpaste can be a satisfying experience, it is essential that you check the ingredients to make sure that they promote good oral health. We will cover various ingredients that you could find in toothpaste and guide you towards making a healthy choice.
Ingredients That You Don't Want in Your Toothpaste
An amazing taste or nostalgic look should not take precedence over giving your teeth what they need to thrive; the following are ingredients found in toothpaste that can cause harmful side effects. Antimicrobials seem like a positive addition to toothpaste, however, triclosan has recently been shown to alter hormone regulation, harm the immune system, and create antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can make it harder to keep your mouth healthy. Some abrasiveness is necessary, but make sure that the relative dentin abrasively (RDA) is below 250. Sodium lauryl sulfate is known to tear holes in your mouth with leads to larger canker sores; this was originally added to create foam. There are some artificial coloring agents that are known to cause cancer, anxiety, migraines, and other unwanted side effects; it is safest to stick to what is on the FDA's approved list. Look for toothpastes that have been approved by the American Dental Association (ADS) if you want to be as safe as possible.
Essential Ingredients for Toothpaste
Now that you know what you don't want in your toothpaste, it's time to look at the ingredients that have a beneficial effect on your teeth and that you should not compromise on. Perhaps the most important ingredient, fluoride contributes to the thickness and strength of your enamel; it works by diffusing fluoride ions into the hydroxyapatite crystals that comprise your enamel and dentin. Abrasives below an RDA of 250, such as calcium carbonate, help remove surface stains and food. Sodium bicarbonate has also been shown to reduce plaque and gum bleeding. Please give us a call if you need more information, and we hope that you are now better prepared to choose a toothpaste that will promote great dental health.
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