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There are many kinds of toothpastes on the market today, but which one should you choose? While there is no shortage of brands on the shelves of the stores, most of them contain the same ingredients, So, what’s in your tube?

Toothpastes contain detergents. The detergent is what causes your toothpaste to foam when you brush, and allows the toothpaste to spread around your mouth. Your toothpaste also contains a humectant. The humectant keeps your toothpaste moist and easy to squeeze onto your toothbrush. But if it is too moist, it won’t stay on the brush, so your toothpaste also has thickening agents. Unless you are using a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth or for dentures, your toothpaste will also have abrasives which remove plaque, food particles and stains. Finally, your toothpaste has flavoring to make it more pleasant to use. With that in mind, you should talk with your dentist about your particular dental needs, and see what he suggests. You may need extra fluoride, or a toothpaste that can fight the plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease. Some toothpastes contain agents that can whiten your teeth or freshen your breath. Others are designed to block the tubules in your teeth from carrying sensations to the nerve. To get kids excited about brushing, some toothpastes have fun flavors.

If you are curious about which toothpaste you should use, our dentist, Dr. Christopher Layton will be happy to see you for an examination. If you live in the Oceanside, California area and would like to plan an appointment at Calavera Hills Dental, call 760-842-5876 today.