Therapeutic and therapeutic pastes are prescribed by the dentist. For every day we choose toothpaste on our own, based on experience, the advice of others or advertising.
Toothpastes are divided into hygienic, therapeutic and therapeutic. We use hygienic every day. They brush your teeth and refresh your breath. Therapeutic and preventive are used to prevent diseases in the oral cavity, therapeutic – to eliminate diseases.
Today, many pastas of different brands and tastes are sold in stores and pharmacies. How to choose the right one?
Darling vs cheap
The cost of the paste is affected by the number of active ingredients in the composition, as well as the image that creates advertising and media references. For daily brushing, a regular paste from the supermarket is suitable. It contains the necessary amount of ingredients to maintain clean teeth and is produced in large quantities, so it is inexpensive compared to other means. If you feel uncomfortable when using your paste, it is better to consult a dentist and talk about the problem. You should not buy expensive pasta yourself – a doctor should prescribe it based on the state of your oral cavity.
Most toothpastes are sold in the mass market and are inexpensive. These are Colgate, Blend-a-med, New Pearls and others. There are few active substances in such pastes, but they fulfill their main functions: they cleanse the teeth and freshen the breath. Another group – pastas, which are more expensive and considered professional: Lacalut, Rocs, Elmex and others. They have significantly more active substances. Such pastes are several times more expensive. Usually these pastes are advised by the dentist.
A separate group of pastes – Marvis, Montcarotte – are even more expensive than professional ones, have a beautiful packaging design and non-standard tastes. Such pastes can be compared with niche perfumes.
With or without fluoride
Fluoride helps protect teeth from tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel. According to the rules of the American Dental Association, toothpaste must contain fluoride in a concentration of at least 1,350 ppm. Manufacturers of fluoride-free pastes say that fluoride leads to the development of fluorosis, but so far there is little real evidence of this.
Fluoride is still the most effective substance for caries prevention. Fluorides are embedded in the crystal lattice of enamel and make it more resistant to damage. The negative effect on the body in the concentrations used in toothpastes has not been proven by studies. This is a marketing ploy for selling fluoride-free pastes.
To understand if you need fluoride in a paste, find out the concentration of fluoride in drinking water in your area and compare with the norm. If enough, you don’t need fluoride toothpaste. There will be no harm or benefit from it.
Does whitening paste really work?
Manufacturers of many pastes promise to make teeth whiter – expensive and cheap. But usually there is almost no effect on such pastes. The same applies to miraculous ribbons and mouthguards that advertise on social networks. There are different methods of whitening, but really white teeth can only be achieved using procedures in the dentist’s chair. More teeth become whiter after professional hygiene. This method is suitable for those who are not yet ready for a radical whitening.
Whitening toothpastes are enzymatic and abrasive. Abrasive materials act like sandpaper, “peeling” the surface layer of plaque from enamel and gradually injuring it. Because of this, increased tooth sensitivity may develop. High abrasive whitening pastes of 150 RDA units and above cannot be used daily. Enzymatic toothpastes break down plaque with enzymes without damaging the enamel.
Both types of pasta return the natural shade of your enamel, but as such, bleaching does not occur. To whiten your teeth, you need a special procedure at the dentist.
How to choose pasta
The choice of pasta depends on your budget and desires. All pastas on the market in one way or another fulfill their basic functions. The rest is a matter of your taste.
Every six months, it is necessary to undergo an examination at the dentist. It is advisable not to choose a paste on your own, but to ask a doctor at the examination to advise the paste for you.
Favorite Toothpastes by The Challenger
Aveluk + Basil 2211 Cosmetics Toothpaste
I brush my teeth with paste 2211 from mid-August and have already managed to use more than half of the tube. I tried a lot of different pastes, and this one is one of the best (the next in the top are Marvis and Rocs). Together with a sound toothbrush, it perfectly cleans the surface of the teeth and refreshes the oral cavity for a long time. The mint paste tastes good, but not hot at all. The manufacturer says that aveluk extract (it turned out that this is another name for horse sorrel) has an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect. Perhaps that is why the condition of the oral cavity is so comfortable after use. In an aluminum tube, 65 ml of paste, so I took it with me in my hand luggage for a couple of trips.
Organic People Toothpaste
Finding this pasta in a regular hypermarket is a great success. Usually you have to order it online with a margin of several months in advance. The paste does not contain aggressive chemicals, parabens, artificial colors. I like it most with French white clay, but in fact, every pasta in this series is cool. The manufacturer claims that the paste protects teeth from plaque throughout the night, and during the day – from staining. After use, there is a feeling of perfect cleanliness and freshness.
ClayBrite Zion Health Toothpaste
I started using fluoride-free paste about six months ago. I learned that fluoride in our region is already found in abundance in drinking water. From the pros: after a month of use, my teeth became whiter and less sensitive to hot drinks.
The pasta has a pleasant mint flavor – for me it is very important. After brushing your teeth, there is a feeling that the teeth are really clean. I did not notice any obvious minuses. Perhaps due to the fact that I rarely have problems with my teeth. The composition contains xylitol, which maintains a neutral pH level in the oral cavity, as well as natural bleach – kaolin clay. I am happy with this paste and I’m not going to change it yet.