Let’s Talk Toothpaste: It Matters

We seldom talk about toothpaste. We probably should. The ingredients differ from one brand and type to another. Your choice of toothpaste, however, could make a big difference to your oral health. So, let’s talk toothpaste.crest gum detoxify

For several decades, the array of toothpaste options has grown and made the choice of one brand or type increasingly difficult for many people. Should you choose whitening toothpaste, a sensitivity toothpaste, breath freshening option, or a cavity-fighting toothpaste? Does each toothpaste deliver on its promises? How do you know which is most effective?

The true goal of at-home dental hygiene is to maintain (or create) healthy teeth and gums. Oral health is the basis of all of the other things we want: whiter teeth, fresher breath, eliminating tooth and gum sensitivity. It is also a significant factor in overall health.

Toothpaste Ingredients Matter

Choosing a toothpaste is a matter of finding the one that does the best job of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. There are ingredients in some toothpaste that make them more effective than others. The goal is to remove bacteria and reduce inflammation of the gums; to remove the plaque and tarter that damage teeth.

A recently published study brought together the data and findings of several prior studies into a meta-analysis. They found that adding flossing to a dental hygiene plan typically reduces bleeding and inflammation of the gums by approximately 40%.

The critical ingredient in some toothpaste is stannous fluoride. It reduced the bleeding of gums by 51% for people using a manual toothbrush. In addition, those who used toothpaste with this ingredient were 3.7 times more likely to achieve oral health. You have probably heard about the importance of fluoride for decades. But this study found that the type of fluoride (stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride and sodium monofluorophosphate) used in toothpaste matters.

Stannous Fluoride in Toothpaste Matters

Fortunately, it is easier for most people to change their toothpaste than to make other changes to their oral hygiene regimen. One toothpaste containing stannous fluoride “has demonstrated the ability to remain active in the reduction of bacteria and their metabolic byproducts (toxins) up to 4 mm below the gumline (Crest Gum Detoxify). Additionally, the antibacterial gum protection for 12 hours provides all-day protection.”

The study concluded, “there are ample benefits to stannous fluoride that make it a simple solution. . . . Stannous fluoride works to protect against cavities and prevent erosive toothwear, gingivitis, plaque, bad breath, and tooth sensitivity.”

If you are not accomplishing the results you want with your daily dental hygiene regimen, you might want to try a toothpaste containing stannous fluoride and come in to discuss your oral health needs.