You would like to improve your oral hygiene, and so you are looking for the best toothpaste? If so you should know that the key to good oral hygiene is not toothpaste but the toothbrush you use. The following article provides some helpful advice on proper cleaning of the teeth and on how to choose the “best toothpaste”…
First and foremost the toothbrush
Who has not wondered, at least once, which toothpaste is best?
But the most important point to be made is that the mechanical action of the toothbrush, rather than the type of toothpaste, is the primary factor in good oral hygiene.
Brushing is the most important part of effective cleaning of the teeth, and it should be done 2 times a day (in the morning and the evening), and even a third time (after lunch), if possible. The toothbrush should move not horizontally but vertically, always going from the gums towards the teeth, with the brush held at a slight slant, in order to effectively remove the bacterial plaque at the gum line.
Watch our video on how to brush your teeth (click here).
To complete the cleaning in the spaces between the teeth, were the brush does not go, dental floss and interdental brushes are used.
How to chose the best toothpaste
When we deciding what toothpaste to buy, we should be sure to check the ingredients closely. If we want to fight tooth decay, then we should purchase a toothpaste containing sodium fluoride, for the contribution it makes to renewing the mineral content of the teeth.
There are a number of products worth buying on the market. Nowadays almost all of them contain only the proper amount of sodium fluoride, given the extensive evidence that excessive quantities of fluoride can cause serious damage to the organism, in particular the onset of fluoride intoxication, a condition that can result in formation of white stains, often irreversible, on the teeth.
A decree issued on 2 April 2008 made it obligatory to mark toothpastes with a fluoride content of between 0.1 and 0.15% as being: “Not Recommended for Children”.
There are also antibacterial toothpastes that contain triclosan or chlorhexidine, as well as abrasive varieties made with calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate, plus toothpastes specifically for whitening and fighting tartar.
Which toothpaste is best?
It is ultimately very difficult to decide which toothpaste is best, seeing that there are so many different types, each designed for a certain purpose. The important thing is to choose the right product for your needs, always being sure to control the list of ingredients and possibly ask your dentist to help you make the choice.