Today the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria answers some common questions about a common product: toothpaste.
Stroll down the Oral Care aisle at the supermarket and you’ll see a bewildering selection of toothpastes. One of the most important things is to look for is an American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the package. These toothpastes have been independently evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Now, those common questions:
Why do some toothpastes seem gritty?
The abrasive aspect of some toothpaste is to assist in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth.
What’s with the strong minty flavors?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath).
While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger.
What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious individuals for preventing cavities and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are included in many toothpastes to add a critical dimension to the oral hygiene regimen.
How are toothpaste and flossing related?
Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing helps with prevent bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.
What about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds yet another layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.
At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, we strive for excellence in cosmetic and family dentistry. In some procedures, we use state-of-the-art laser dentistry for more precise dental care. We are proud to serve Alexandria, Virginia with comprehensive dental services.