Taking Toothpaste to the Next Level with Antibacterial Agents

Toothpaste Different colorsHave you ever wondered what’s in your regular fluoride toothpaste? Well, there are most definitely powerful agents that help prevent cavities.

But exactly are these agents that keep bacteria from wreaking havoc in the mouth? Typically, fluoride toothpaste include mild abrasives that clear out the leftover food in the mouth and gets rid of the stains that may linger after that can of soda or that glass of wine. Types of abrasives can include calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, and other salts and silicates. Of course, fluoride toothpaste includes fluoride, which is responsible for strengthen tooth enamel and remineralizing tooth decay.

These two ingredients are what’s necessary for clearing away food and strengthening teeth, but many fluoride toothpastes do not actually contain an ingredient that actively deters bacteria production.

However, Philip Riley, a researcher at the University of Manchester, England, came out with a study that details the possible importance and benefits of adding antibacterial agents in fluoride toothpaste. He believes that triclosan and copolymer are two antibacterial agents that seem promising for controlling plaque, inflammation, bleeding and tooth decay.

Tooth decay and gum disease are strongly associated with tooth loss, and plaque is considered the start of the issue. Plaque houses bacteria in a film that builds up in between teeth, and when left untreated, periodontitis, a more serious gum disease, can result.

The Cochrane Oral Health Group looked into 30 published studies of toothpastes that have both triclosan and copolymer in their ingredients. The group found that with these antibacterial agents, toothpaste users had a 22% reduction in plaque, 22% reduction in gingivitis, and a 48% reduction in bleeding gums, and a 5% reduction in cavities, compared to individuals who use regular fluoride toothpaste.

There study indicates that antibacterial agents can have a significant effect in preventing bacterial damage within the mouth. While it is important to have a toothpaste that can abrasives to remove leftover food and fluoride to strengthen teeth, this study demonstrates the importance of antibacterial agents in one’s regular toothpaste! If you have more concerns about caring for baby teeth, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or





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