Your Blue Island IL Dentist Clears Up Some Toothpaste Myths
With hundreds of toothpastes on the shelves and dozens of advertisements for toothpaste, it can be difficult to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Your Blue Island IL dentists at Ivanhoe Dental Group are here to clear up some common toothpaste misconceptions!
H2 All toothpastes are NOT created equal.
There is no ‘silver bullet,’ when it comes to toothpaste brands, but there is a ‘silver bullet’ ingredient – fluoride. No matter which brand or type of toothpaste you need or you choose, fluoride should be a mandatory ingredient in your toothpaste. Using fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay by up to 40%!
Generic pastes are NOT the same.
Generic brands of toothpaste look the same as the big name brands, but it is best to go with toothpaste that carries the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. There are many generic brands and even ‘black market’ brands of toothpaste available for sale at dollar stores and flea markets, but when it comes to protecting your teeth the ADA seal is a MUST. Using toothpaste without this seal can be harmful to your teeth. Only toothpastes with the ADA seal have been proven to be effective and safe to use. With 50+ brands of toothpaste available today, it should be easy to find an ADA approved toothpaste within your budget.
You do NOT need a lot of toothpaste.
In every toothpaste commercial, you will see a long line of toothpaste on the brush. Despite what the commercials show, you do not need nearly that much toothpaste. Less is more! For an adult, you only need a pea sized amount of toothpaste to clean your teeth effectively.
What you brush with does NOT matter, much.
While electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual brushes, it does not matter much what you brush with. How you brush is much more important! You should be brushing twice a day, for two minutes each time. The toothbrush should be held at a 45 degree angle, while you move the brush in small circles.
Organic does NOT mean ineffective.
Many patients go ‘green’ in other aspects of their lives, but hesitate to do so where their oral health is concerned. Many organic types of toothpaste can be just as effective as commercial brands, as long as they contain fluoride. Choosing organic toothpaste will help your family avoid preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and dyes.
No matter which toothpaste you use, no oral hygiene routine is compl