Citrus Heights, CA dentist shares the truth about the ingredients in your toothpaste:
Do you ever wonder what toothpastes are made of and whether there are harmful ingredients in them? Toothpaste are now in several classes, from everyday brushing paste to whitening toothpastes to gum inflammation toothpastes to tooth sensitivity pastes. All have similar ingredients but with different percentages of these ingredients.
Abrasives are in all toothpastes, generally in a mild amount. These are additives that help remove extrinsic stains. Toothpastes are tested to determine that these abrasives help clean and remove stains without removing enamel. Ingredients such as hydrated silica (which can be made from sand), hydrated alumina, calcium carbonate, and dicalcium phosphates are all possible abrasives.
Detergents are in toothpastes. These help with scrubbing and foaming action. These are needed to loosen and dissolve the hard substances on outer surface of your teeth. They are like “surfactants” that help dissolve things by changing the surface tension on your teeth. Sodium lauryl sulfate is one common detergent in toothpastes. These have been researched very thoroughly by the ADA and manufacturers for over 50 years and have not been proven to be an irritant.
Humectants are also added to toothpastes to bind all the ingredients together. Commonly glycerol and propylene glycol and sorbitol are normally found.
Flavoring agents are also placed in toothpastes. These are quite important as toothpastes would taste terrible without them.
The most controversial ingredient is Fluoride. This is truly the only ingredient that helps resist decay and protect our teeth! Thousands of US based studies have been done and there is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest any carcinogenic potential of Fluoride.
Other agents in condition specific toothpastes are peroxides(whitening toothpastes) and pyrophosphates in anti-inflammation toothpaste(those that prevent tartar buildup).
If you are unsure of a toothpaste in regards to its safety and efficacy(whether it really works), one suggestion is to look on the carton or tube to find the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This association approval is very strict for consumers and is reliable.
The professional dentists and hygienists at Summerhills Dental Care in Citrus Heights, California (in the Sacramento area), Dr Gary Clusserath and Maggie VanBrunt would like to stress a few things. One, it is all about the brusher, you, and your technique. While a good toothpaste is essential and helpful, your brushing and flossing frequency and technique is what prevents inflammation and decay. The other advise is that complete oral care must include semi-annual professional dental cleanings and check-ups. There is no substitute for a thorough professional cleaning by a qualified hygienist.
SummerHills Dental Care in Citrus Heights, CA
7904 Zenith Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Directions to SummerHills Citrus Heights Dental Center:
From I-80, take exit 100, “Antelope Road”
Travel west on Antelope Road, 2 blocks to Zenith Drive
Take right on Zenith Drive
Summerhills Dental is 100 yards on the right
We are conveniently located North of I80 and near Antelope Road. Click here for a detailed map.