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Types of Toothpastes

When you want to buy toothpaste from the market, you will come across different types of toothpastes offered by different brands. Choosing the right one can be a real problem until you know what options you have and which toothpaste will meet your expectations. A simple solution to this problem is to learn about five different types of toothpastes that may help you to select one.

Desensitizing Toothpastes

A lot of people suffer due to sensitive teeth. If you are one of them, you should ask your dentist about a desensitizing toothpaste that has ingredients which can eliminate discomfort and pain after regular use. These kinds of toothpastes usually have a two-pronged approach. First, they block dentinal tubules of dentine and second, they intersect the neuron response to pain stimuli. Knowing the cause of sensitivity might help you to decide which option is best for you.

Anti-Decay Toothpastes

These types of toothpastes have fluoride compounds like Stannous Fluoride (SnF2), Monofluorophosphate (MFP2) and Sodium Fluoride (NaF). When selecting such a toothpaste, you should pick one that has a fluoride content of 1,000 parts per million or more than that. It might help in preventing tooth decay. Even children fluoride toothpastes options are available,but they usually have only 500 parts per million of fluoride content and are usually available in different flavors like fruit, candy, etc.

Teeth Whitening Toothpastes

Who doesn’t want pearly white and dazzling teeth? We all do. This is why more and more people want teeth whitening toothpastes. If you are one of them, you should know that these types of toothpastes contain coarse abrasives that abrade the stains present on the surface of the teeth. Hence, you get the whitening effect.

Anti-Calculus Toothpastes

These types of toothpastes boast of calcification of dental plague so they may help in reducing the rate of formation of calculus. The active ingredients in these kinds of toothpaste are Zinc Citrate or Pyrophosphate. For the uninitiated, calculus is a form of dental plaque that has been hardened. It is also known as tartar.

Anti-Plaque Toothpastes

These kinds of toothpastes have multiple benefits. They help in stopping the formation of plaque, reduce the effects of bacterial toxins on the tissues that surround the teeth and hence contribute in reducing the chances of gum disease. Different anti-plaque kinds of toothpaste have different active ingredients. Zinc Citrate and Triclosan are the most common ones.

It is clear that there are many types of toothpastes and all of them have their virtues. We strongly recommend that you talk to a dentist while selecting any of these toothpastes and don’t use them for years without consulting the dentist again. Long term use without medical supervision might lead to more dental issues in the future.

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