In order for a product to be considered as being a safe toothpaste, it must be having some qualities. Toothpastes come in form of gels or pastes and are used together with toothbrushes to maintain good health and aesthetics of the teeth and mouth. It should not cause any health problems to the user and it should treat gingivitis and periodontal pockets. This article highlights some of the things one should consider when shopping for toothpastes.
Most commodities have abrasives for removing dental plaque and food particles during brushing. The abrasive should be soft not to harm gums but must be sufficiently tough to clean properly. Calculus and dental plaque are the major cause of cavities and periodontal diseases in the mouth and therefore it is vital to remove them.
Typical abrasives are calcium carbonate, aluminium hydroxide, and various silicas, hydroxyapatites, and zeolites. Some abrasives cause erosion on enamels in some individuals. Erosion may be followed by a feeling of irritation. This makes it important to consult a doctor to discuss the most suitable option for someone.
Toothpastes contain fluorine in various forms as an ingredient for cavity formation. Fluorine has benefits like enhancing formation of enamel and bones but also has shortcomings. A good product has to contain fluorine in a kind that is nontoxic to teeth, enamel, gums, and the whole body. Major forms comprise olaflur, sodium monofluorophosphate, and sodium fluoride among others.
It is worth noting that swallowing fluorine in large amounts can be detrimental to health and hence should be avoided. One needs to check the product to ensure that the percentage composition of fluorine does not exceed a given amount as advised by a dentist. Checking amounts of water is also important because it helps to keep chemicals in the right state.
Other ingredients contained in many toothpaste products include remineralizers, antibacterial agents, surfactants, and flavorants among many others. Surfactants are forming agents used for helping in distributing paste as one cleans their teeth. Flavorants are primarily meant to encourage customers to use a given product. Antibacterial products are incorporated to stop any form of bacterial attack. All these ingredients must be incorporated in the correct form and quantity for them to be safe.
A Safe toothpaste does not contain some of the miscellaneous products contained in low quality products. Miscellaneous chemicals include oxylitol, sorbitol, and glycerol which are sugar alcohols. They are meant to reduce sensitivity of a product on some people. Most of these miscellaneous additives are dangerous and should be used with caution
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