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Types of Toothpaste

It seems that the market today is saturated with products that seemingly do the same thing. Although this may be true in some cases, when it comes to toothpaste, it is far from accurate. There are several types of toothpaste that target specific issues. Three of the most common kinds are sensitivity relief, whitening, and natural.

Tooth sensitivity typically occurs due to gum recession or enamel loss. This exposes dentin, which is the part of the tooth covering the nerve. Dentin is porous and temperature fluctuations or specific foods can trigger sensitivity. Using toothpaste designed to soothe sensitive teeth will help ease the uncomfortable feeling. It is formulated to either numb the nerve of the tooth or gradually fill in the porous surface of the dentin. Daily use will help construct a barrier in the dentin, decreasing sensitivity.

Whitening toothpaste is primarily used for cosmetic purposes. It works by polishing away surface stains, such as those caused by coffee or red wine consumption, with abrasive ingredients like calcium carbonate and silica. It also contains carbamide peroxide, a chemical used to help break up surface stains. It’s important to note that whitening toothpaste cannot change the natural color of teeth, eliminate deep surface stains, or reverse any tooth decay. It also cannot remove any discoloration caused by fluoride.

Natural toothpaste, defined as such, should only contain certified organic ingredients. There should be no synthetics or chemicals that could prove harmful. Also, the ingredients should originate from non-toxic sources, in most instances, and have no negative health effects linked to them. It is typically sold in recycled packaging as well. A key factor to look for when selecting a natural toothpaste is fluoride. Some brands do not contain this ingredient, which is essential in cavity prevention.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.Pradhan. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

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