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30.01.2015

The battle of the toothpastes

You may have read an article in the Daily Mail this week that discussed commercial toothpastes and if they contain substances and chemicals that could be harmful to your health. I had the pleasure of being interviewed for this article and shared my views and opinions on what toothpaste ingredients may or may not cause damage to your oral and overall health. Read the article here: http://dailym.ai/1ELjGuG

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There are so many toothpastes available to you that it’s often really difficult to choose.  Is there really a difference between all of them?  Is it worth buying a branded one or will any old thing do? There is so much choice so here are some tips for choosing the right toothpaste:

FLUORIDE – It’s your champion as it coats your teeth and helps protect them from attack from plaque bacteria.  This is going to happen… as long as you eat 🙂 So by brushing with fluoride you are giving your tooth enamel extra ammunition.  It doesn’t matter the brand, as long as this ingredient is in the paste.

STAIN REMOVERS – Many pastes now have products to help repel stains. If you are flossing regularly this really does help as it prevents stains building in between your teeth. Everyone always asks me about whitening toothpastes and the best way to think of them is as stain removers.  You need to be careful to pick one that is not too abrasive.  I recommend OralB’s  3D White Luxe Glamorous Shine. It removes stains but most importantly it helps prevent new stains forming and it’s very gentle.

KIDS – It’s really important to buy kids their own toothpaste, don’t be tempted to share yours! With very young kids often they just eat most of the toothpaste so make sure you only give them a tiny smear.  Once adult teeth have started to come through, and certainly by about age 8 (which is actually the time I recommend they can be left to brush without adult supervision) then switch to an adult paste.

 

Happy Brushing!

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