Everything You Wanted to Know About
How to Chose a Toothpaste
In general, any toothpaste will work
well for you if it contains fluoride. Fluoride actually
strengthens teeth and prevents cavities. It is perhaps the most
important ingredient in toothpaste.
In addition to finding a toothpaste with fluoride, we
strongly suggest that you search for a toothpaste that is
minimally abrasive. Toothpaste contains abrasives which help
clean teeth. Unfortunately, these abrasives can sometimes strip
away tooth enamel, making teeth sensitive to heat, cold, and
Many people ask whether they should use toothpaste
containing baking soda or peroxide. Most dentists agree that
baking soda and peroxide do very little to clean teeth. They do
give the sensation of a cleaner mouth, and if this
sensation makes a person more inclined to brush, then these
toothpastes may be worth the investment.
WARNING: Baking soda toothpastes may
aggravate tooth sensitivity and high blood pressure in
Special Cases: While most people can use any
toothpaste that contains fluoride and is minimally abrasive,
there are certain situations in which it may be advisable to
use a specific type of toothpaste.
Mouth Sore (Canker Sore) Toothpastes: As previously
mentioned, nearly twenty percent of the population suffers from
small oral ulcers called canker sores. SLS, a detergent in
toothpaste, is a major promoter of canker sores. Nearly 4 out
of 5 sufferers experience relief from canker sores when they
switch to toothpaste without SLS, such as Enamel Saver
Whitening Toothpastes: Contrary to what many people
think, whitening toothpastes do not increase the whiteness of
the underlying tooth. What they do is remove stains so that the
underlying whiteness of the tooth becomes more apparent.
Think of these toothpastes as "carwashes" for your teeth. In
the same way that a good car washing removes the dirt and grime
on your car making it sparkle, whitening toothpastes remove
stains and plaque from your teeth, making your smile shine.
It is important to note that while effective in removing
stains, some brands of whitening toothpastes can destroy tooth
enamel in the process. Due to their harsh abrasives, these
toothpastes, over time, may strip tooth enamel, making teeth
appear yellow and causing teeth to become sensitive to cold or
hot foods and liquids, sweets, baking soda, and highly salted
We suggest using one of the newer brands of whitening
toothpastes which do not contain harsh abrasives but instead
use more gentle methods for removing stains from teeth.
SuperSmile toothpaste, in particular, is one of the best
whitening toothpastes we have come across.
Instead of utilizing harsh abrasives, SuperSmile toothpaste
uses the patented ingredient Calprox® (calcium
peroxide). Calprox® non-abrasively dissolves the
clear, sticky protein film on teeth to which coffee, tea,
tobacco, wine and other stains adhere. The result: teeth that
appear whiter, feel smoother, and remain cleaner.
Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste: Tooth sensitivity (dentin
hypersensitivity) occurs as temporary tooth discomfort or pain
after eating hot or cold foods and liquids, sweets, or using
Most commonly, the problem begins when the gums recede or
when tooth enamel is stripped away. Like protective blankets,
the gums and enamel cover the dentin layer of teeth. This
dentin layer contains small pores that lead directly to the
tooth nerve As gums recede or tooth enamel is stripped, the
underlying dentin and its open pores are exposed. Pressure, hot
stimuli, and cold stimuli, etc. can then travel down the
tubules and trigger the tooth nerve, causing pain and
If changing to a less abrasive toothpaste doesn't reduce
sensitivity, you can try a "sensitivity" toothpaste, such as
Sensodyne (and a host of others) which use potassium nitrate to
desensitize the tooth nerve, so that it's not so easily
If this doesn't work, or you want a permanent solution, your
dentist can prescribe an ultra high fluoride toothpaste, which
usually solves your tooth sensitivity problems by helping to
plug open dentinal tubules.
To prevent occurrence or recurrence of tooth sensitivity,
try Enamel Saver Toothpaste. It has one of the lowest
abrasivities, whitens gently, and effectively removes plaque
and stains. Some people who use Enamel Saver exclusively have
found that their tooth sensitivity has disappeared.
Toothpaste for Gum Disease: There are several
products on the market that have been shown to significantly
improve the condition of those who suffer from bleeding gums
due to gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
One such toothpaste is Crest Gum Care. Another gum disease
toothpaste is Colgate Total. Unfortunately, Crest Gum Care
contains irritating sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS),
pyrophosphates, and tin salts while Colgate Total contains
irritating sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
Ongoing clinical studies (double blind, American Dental
Association protocol) clearly show that Mouth
Friendly® Enamel Saver® toothpaste
prevents and ameliorates gum disease without artificial
ingredients such as tin salts, triclosan, and SLS. The secret
of Enamel Saver is that it contains a healthy dose of natural
Xylitol -- 36% by weight -- to profoundly reduce plaque, the
number one enemy of gum disease sufferers. No other toothpaste
has anywhere near this amount.
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