Everything You Wanted
to Know About Toothpaste
The Problem With Toothpaste
toothpastes can also cause problems. Nearly twenty
percent of the population suffers from small painful oral
ulcers called canker sores or aphthous ulcers.
While toothpaste is essential for oral health,
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Recent research suggests that a detergent found in 99
percent of all toothpastes called SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)
may induce canker sores in twenty percent of the
While almost all toothpastes contain SLS, a handful of
toothpastes do not. Of these we recommend Enamel Saver
Toothpaste. We have found many people dramatically reduce their
canker sore attacks by using this toothpaste.
Another common problem associated with toothpastes is tooth
sensitivity. Sensitive teeth produce pain or discomfort when
exposed to hot or cold foods, liquids, and sweets. Baking soda
(found in some toothpastes), as well as, highly salted foods
will also cause discomfort in people with sensitive teeth.
Teeth become sensitive when tooth enamel is worn away,
exposing the underlying permeable tooth layer, known as
Many toothpastes are too abrasive and actually strip away
tooth enamel which never grows back. In fact, the first thing
dentists will do for patients suffering from sensitive teeth is
to have them switch to a less abrasive toothpaste. A
toothpaste's abrasiveness is measured by its Relative Dentin
Abrasivity (RDA). The table above shows the RDA of some common
toothpastes. We suggest that you use toothpastes with the
lowest RDA ratings.
Ever wonder how to go about picking a toothpaste?
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