Toothpaste is something that we use on a daily basis and all of us have some preferences, but are you aware of all the different types of toothpaste that are available in the market? How do you decide which toothpaste is the best for you and how should you choose the right one? Should it be based on the brand or the specific condition you might have or the certain “special feature” a toothpaste might provide?
Toothpaste is basically paste that is used to polish the tooth surface and help us fight against bacteria that cause decay. We all buy toothpaste but do we know about all the available different types?
Read on to know about all your options regarding the various types of toothpaste:
Children’s toothpaste contains little to no fluoride compared to toothpaste made for adults. The packaging of the toothpaste is made to attract and intrigue kids. They can choose their favorite cartoons or colors available, instilling a habit of good oral hygiene from the early days.
Make sure your child uses a pea-sized amount of toothpaste (rice grain size for kids below the age of 03 years) and doesn’t swallow it.
Most commercially available toothpaste contain fluoride in them as its one of the main ingredients that help prevent tooth decay effectively.
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste:
These are mostly used to reduce the stains caused by tea/coffee, smoking etc. However, these shouldn’t be used for a long duration of time as they can cause wearing away of the outer layer of the teeth. Use it according to what is advised by your dentist.
Tartar Control Toothpaste:
Plaque builds up on the tooth surface if the teeth are not cleaned properly. This leads to gum problems. Tartar is used by people who have a high plaque build-up and have difficulty removing the tartar.
Made for people suffering from pain and discomfort or the extremely uncomfortable sensation while having something cold/hot. Using these kinds of toothpaste helps in reducing sensitivity. It contains potassium nitrate as an additional ingredient. However, sensitivity toothpaste should not be used for more than four weeks.
Zero Waste Toothpaste:
Conventional toothpaste is not always environmentally friendly. However, there exist a lot of options for people living a sustainable life. Apart from the packaging, the ingredients in zero waste toothpaste are environmentally friendly too.
The best option for people who are allergic to certain ingredients in regular toothpaste is Herbal or Non-fluoridated toothpaste. These do not contain fluoride, which is essential for protection against decay. However, while purchasing herbal toothpaste, ensure that you don’t buy toothpaste which contains dyes or substances that can stain the teeth.
These are plastic-free, eco-friendly tablets which have almost the same base ingredients as a conventional toothpaste without the water. They are easy to use and are ‘mess-free’; extremely convenient for travelling purposes. It is also a useful tool in Covid times to reduce the risk of infection as it prevents cross-contamination.
How Do You Use a Toothpaste Tablet?
You have to chew the tablet and with the help of saliva or very little water turn it into a paste. That’s all! You can now brush your teeth with a wet toothbrush.
Selecting the right toothpaste is an important step toward maintaining good oral hygiene. Now that you know about the various types that are available in the market, look into what suits your requirements and select your toothpaste!
Reach out to your dentist to know more about the different kinds of toothpaste you might need, as your dentist can more aptly diagnose problems in your oral health that you might previously have been unaware of.