Archive for May, 2015

Types of Ingredients in Toothpaste

Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, works as a dentist in the Denver, Colorado area. At his practice, Southwest Family Dentistry, Dr. Robert Madden performs a variety of dental treatments and advises patients on routine dental care.

A key part of any dental care routine is regular brushing using toothpaste. However, with so many toothpaste options with different formulas, people might have difficulty deciding which toothpaste to use. However, most toothpastes contain similar sets of ingredients that are highly effective. They include abrasives, which are designed to scrub away deposits from the surface of teeth, and detergents, which create foam when brushing and help to get the teeth clean. Additionally, today’s toothpastes contain fluoride, an ingredient that helps make teeth stronger.

Certain types of toothpastes are specially formulated to serve a particular purpose in addition to teeth cleaning. For example, special whitening ingredients intended to reduce stains on teeth are included in whitening toothpastes. Similarly, toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth contain ingredients that reduce feelings of discomfort during brushing. Whatever the toothpaste a person chooses, it is important that it is labeled as having been accepted by the American Dental Association.