What you need to know when choosing a toothpaste?
What are we guided by when choosing toothpaste in a supermarket or pharmacy? Of course, advertisements promising an instant cure for all imperfections, be it sensitivity or plaque, gingivitis, or darkened enamel. A fashionable name immediately comes to mind, it is also convenient and beautiful packaging that leads to the choice in its favor, and some listen to the advice of friends. And only the most conscious of us know – your personal dentist should recommend a girlfriend a toothbrush, who, like no one else, is familiar with your dental problems and will help you choose products in the sea that will help and will not harm you.
Anyone who has ever read what is written on tubes of toothpaste at least once in his life knows that they are hygienic and therapeutic. But since the majority of the adult population of the planet suffers from certain diseases of the teeth and gums, then they need to apply those pastes that have a therapeutic effect. Hygienic pastes are suitable, as they say, “for the whole family”, they are universal, have a pleasant taste and aroma, but they pursue only general hygiene goals, are free from medicinal additives and exhibit a weak antiseptic result. Treatment and prophylactic pastes, unlike hygienic ones, contain various biologically active preparations that affect the entire oral cavity. Depending on what problems the paste is intended to be used for, it can be supplemented with herbal preparations containing vitamin C, chlorophyll from seaweed, extracts of chamomile, propolis, eucalyptus, marigold, St. John’s wort, and St. John’s wort well known for folk medicine with proven astringent, anti-inflammatory, deodorizing properties. To date, there are many pastes on sale with multivitamin complexes, and also pastes with the addition of salts and minerals that perfectly dissolve plaque, nourish enamel and eliminate unpleasant odors. At the peak of popularity, pastes with the ubiquitous triclosan, which, from the antibacterial soap, got to toothpastes. Triclosan was first synthesized in 1965 and the principle of its action is to block the work of the enzyme that creates the bacterial wall. The wall does not form and bacteria die. Moreover, harmful and useful at the same time, which does not benefit any environment, in addition, many pathogens adapt to triclosan. In some, this substance causes allergies, and, according to research, its constant use can cause a hormonal disorder in humans. Chlordexidine is an even stronger antiseptic that is part of toothpastes. Both components have anti-inflammatory effects and are designed to combat inflammatory processes in the oral cavity (periodontitis, gingivitis), plaque, deposits, stones. The effect of triclosan, for example, lasts 1-2 hours, but pastes have already appeared with the prolonged action of a component that prevents the growth of bacteria up to 12 hours! If you use a paste with potent substances, do not forget that dentists do not recommend using them for more than 14 days.
Toothpastes are not only children’s and “adults”, but often are intended separately for different age categories: for example, for those over 50, manufacturers select a special composition for special care for the oral cavity. But pastes with fluoride content are simply necessary for adolescents up to 15 years, since the process of formation of tooth enamel is ongoing. Fluoride paste can harm children with milk teeth, because babies who have not yet learned how to clean their teeth often often inadvertently swallow the paste, which is harmful to the stomach. It is worth starting an oral hygiene training from the age of 2 and it is better to use hygienic children’s pastes with a mild, pleasant fruity taste, giving preference to sugar-free ones, teaching them to thoroughly rinse their mouth after applying the paste.
As is known, both large and small, they are supposed to brush their teeth twice a day, devoting at least 3 minutes to this occupation. The molars are cleaned with a sweeping movement, and the incisors and fangs, brushing up and down, should especially clean the cervical space of the teeth, since it is there that a persistent plaque is most often formed. It is curious that there are points of pleasure on the gums, massaging which we get a charge of vigor and energy, so do not be lazy to combine business with pleasure. Dentists recommend having two types of toothpaste. Morning should contain calcium and fluorine, have antibacterial properties, so that the breath remains fresh as long as possible during the day. In the evening, it would be nice to take care of periodontal tissues with a paste containing propolis, eucalyptus, chamomile. Like toothbrushes, it is worth changing the paste periodically, while maintaining, if desired, the fidelity of your favorite campaign. Indeed, popular companies have a large selection of pastes, rinses, gels and balms with various properties