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What type of toothpaste should I use?
As long as your toothpaste contains fluoride, the brand you buy really does not
matter, whether or not it is in paste, gel, or even powder form, or containing a
certain flavor. All fluoride dentifrices work effectively to fight plaque and
cavities and clean and polish tooth enamel.
Your dentifrice brand should also
bear the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval on the container,
which means that adequate evidence of safety and efficacy have been demonstrated
in controlled, clinical trials.
If your teeth are hypersensitive to hot or cold, consider trying a dentifrice
designed for sensitive teeth
Dentifrices containing baking soda and/or hydrogen peroxide (which are both
good cleansing agents) give the teeth and mouth a clean, fresh, pleasant feeling
that can offer an incentive to brush more, but fluoride is the true active
ingredient at work protecting your teeth.
Some prefer a tartar control
toothpaste containing pyrophosphates to prevent the buildup of soft calculus
deposits on their teeth. New pastes offer advanced whitening formulas aimed at
safely removing stains to make teeth brighter and shinier, although they can't
nearly match the effectiveness of a professional bleaching formula administered
or prescribed by a dentist.
We don't recommend tartar control toothpastes
because they only prevent tartar above the gumline which does
nothing to prevent tartar under the gumline which you can not see
and can cause much bigger problems to your dental health. Tarter
control tooth also contains the ingredient sodium pyrophosphate
which can make normal teeth hypersensitive and sensitive teeth
extremely sensitive to hot and cold liquids.
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How much should I use?
Contrary to what toothpaste commercials show, the amount of paste or gel needed
on your brush for effective cleaning does not have to be a heaping amount.
Simply squeeze on a pea-sized dab of paste on the top half of your brush. If you
brush correctly holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush inside,
outside and between your teeth, the paste should foam enough to cover all of
Children under 6, however, should only be given a very small, baby pea-sized
dab of dentifrice on their brush.
Is brushing with toothpaste enough to fight cavities and gum disease?
No. Although brushing thoroughly after each meal helps, flossing your teeth
every day to remove plaque and food particles between teeth and at the gumline
is just as important. Studies show that plaque will regrow on teeth that are
completely clean within 3 to 4 hours of brushing.
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Gingivitis Study to Evaluate the Clinical Effects of
a Stannous Fluoride Dentifrice
A double blind, controlled, parallel group trial
utilizing the experimental gingivitis model was performed on thirty
young adults to evaluate the clinical effects of a 0.45% stannous
fluoride dentifrice used as a slurry on dental biofilm formation and the
development of gingivitis. Following a thorough examination and oral
procedures, subjects were randomly assigned to apply one of the
following dentifrices twice daily over a three-week period: A)
dentifrice slurry without active ingredients; B) 0.45% stannous fluoride
gel; and C) Colgate® Total dentifrice slurry (0.30% triclosan, 0.24%
sodium fluoride, 2% copolymer). After three weeks, the stannous
fluoride dentifrice significantly (p < 0.05) reduced gingivitis compared
with the Colgate® Total group by 39.7%. Gingivalbleeding was also
reduced relative to the Colgate® Total group. The results of this
clinical trial demonstrated that,over a three-week period, the
application of a 0.45% SnF2 gel significantly inhibited the onset of
gingivitis compared to Triclosan/sodium fluoride/copolymer (Colgate®
Total). However, neither stannous fluoride
nor Triclosan/sodium fluoride/copolymer (Colgate® Total) possessed
sufficient antimicrobial activity to suppress biofilm formation in the
absence of regular oral hygiene practices.Lang,
Niklaus P./Anton, Elena/Gabriel, Yvonne/Pjetursson, Bjarni E./Winston,
Leslie J./He, TaoOral Health Prev Dent 4/2004 Page 369-376
Colgate Total toothpaste
is a good toothpaste because it contains the
anti-bacterial ingredient Triclosan. It has a
that lasts for up to 12 hours after you brush. Colgate Total has also become the first toothpaste accepted
by the American Dental Association for the prevention and reduction of
bad breath. It has been shown to reduce bad breath up to
51% for 12 hours after brushing.
Toothpaste that contains sodium pyrophosphate
which is the most commonly-used
tartar control agent in toothpastes, only limits tartar above the
gumline. It has
no effect on the development of tartar below the gumline. Tartar
below the gumline is a far more serious problem. It provides an excellent
hiding place for the kind
of bacteria that can cause periodontal disease. In addition, it is
not uncommon for
people using tartar-control toothpaste to develop tooth
teeth can become very sensitive to temperature extremes,
Crest makes Pro-Health toothpaste
which contains a special stabilized stannous fluoride to fight decay
and bacteria, and a “different” anti-tartar ingredient, sodium
hexametaphosphate. Crest claims that this toothpaste reduces tooth
sensitivity but a survey of about 1500 dentists who had used Crest
Pro-Health once developed immediate tooth hypersensitivity because
sodium hexameta-phosphate has lots of pyrophosphate groups attached to
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Fluoride Toothpaste Significantly
Reduces Childhood Cavities
A review of 50 years of clinical trails (74
studies involving more than 42,000 children under the age of 16)
firmly establishes that in children brushing with toothpaste containing
fluoride results in 24% less cavities than does brushing with non
fluoridated toothpaste. This study conferred:
Fluoride Toothpaste Significantly Reduces
Childhood Cavities, pg 44, Dentistry Today 2/03
This update if from a man who engineers toothpaste tubes
for a living.
Some interesting facts........
When the economy is good the tube exit has one
size...when the economy is bad the exit is larger so you tend to use
The amount of force necessary to open the tube is less
than 4 gms/inch...so the people with arthritis can open the tube.
The reason tubes no longer stay folded is so you always
see the logo.+
All sonic toothbrushes should not be used with baking
soda and/or peroxide toothpastes. These toothpaste products should
be avoided as they contribute to cracks in the upper portion of the
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+ Roy, IDF April 2002.
Consumers smile on Unilever s Mentadent,
Laura Bird, Wall Street Journal, May 31, 1994; Comprehensive Dental Hygiene
Care, edited by Irene Woodall, Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1993; Fluoride helps
prevent tooth decay, American Dental Association, 1993; Dentifrice use among
preschool children, by Steven M. Levy, DDS, et. al., JADA, Sept. 1993; Clinical
and Biological Aspects of Dentifrices, edited by G. Embery and G. Rolla, Oxford
University Press, 1992.
This article is provided by: Academy
of General Dentistry
*Quirynen, Marc, de Soete, Marc, Pauwels, Martine, Goossens,
Kitty,teughels, Wim, van Eldere, Johan & van Steenberghe, Daniel.
Bacterial survival rate on tooth and interdental brushes in relation
to the use
of toothpaste. Journal Of Clinical Periodontology 28