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So, we all brush our teeth…hopefully–but are you using the right amount of toothpaste? I bet most of you use too much. In reality we’re supposed to use a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste, but manufactures won’t let us know this reality. Toothpaste advertisers guilty depict images of a nice, clean toothbrush with an enormous mound of toothpaste resting on top of it. So tell me, how many of your toothbrushes look like that!
To start, we know toothpaste is good for our teeth, but why? Toothpaste freshens our mouth, but does not necessarily clean our teeth. The toothbrush is the hero behind plaque buildup removal; therefore, only a pea size amount is necessarily to freshen our breaths! The excess toothpaste is actually hazardous to our teeth. Too much toothpaste can be abrasive and does little help to clean bacteria. Scarily, this can result in tooth structure loss and gum recession!! All this sounds awful, but on a lighter note it’s just plain messy! More toothpaste means more foam to spit and sometimes toothpaste that hasn’t even touched our teeth will go to waste! In some cases, the excess foam with cut brushing time shorter. The proper time needed to clean our teeth is about 2 minutes each session. Sounds difficult to hold a mouthful of foam for 2 minutes, doesn’t it? If you suffer from canker sores, you should that the foam-producing compound (sodium lauryl sulfate) is found in most toothpastes. This compound is a potential culprit behind canker sores. Yikes, avoid these toothpastes if you’re prone to them!
So fluoride, sounds good? Fluoride is believed to have health benefits for our teeth and many people use fluoride containing toothpaste to protect and strength teeth. It is antibacterial and helps remineralization; however the same effects can be seen with fluoride rinses and mouthwashes. So does it really matter if toothpaste contains fluoride or not? In some cases it does. Fluoride containing toothpastes can be more abrasive than others. People suffering from gum recession should consider a gentler toothpaste. Ignoring gum recession can take a toll on the health of your teeth! With time, the abrasion can cause damage to exposed roots! Ouch, sounds painful!!
To avoid these consequences it is really quite simple. Managing your oral health shouldn’t sound intimidating. In addition to regular professional checkups, simply examine your gums and teeth in between appointments to check to recession and abrasion. If you notice your gums receding, you should switch to a gentle toothpaste immediately. Also, cut back on toothpaste! A pea size amounts sufficiently battles bad breath and freshens our teeth.
It’s really quite simple. Save yourself the frustration, pain, and money! Cut back on toothpaste and avoid the mess by using a pea size amount! Check your toothpaste. Fluoride is great to have, but if you’re suffering gum recession or canker sores, there are other alternatives out there for you! Feeling doubtful? If so, don’t hesitate to ask a professional for help. It’s what we’re here for! Happy brushing!
Theriot Family Dental is a comprehensive care facility located in Lafayette, LA. We specialize in pediatric and family dentistry, sedation dentistry, and crown-in-a-day service. Dr. John Theriot and his staff pride themselves on providing Lafayette’s most gentle and caring service in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Visit our website or Facebook page to read more about our office and staff.