Most people use toothpaste twice a day without thinking twice about what is in it. We use toothpaste for several reasons: it acts as an abrasive agent to remove plaque and debris from teeth, it contains minerals like fluoride to strengthen teeth and it freshens breath. Here’s a list of common ingredients in toothpaste and what they do:

  • Hydrated Silica is one of the most common abrasives used in toothpaste. Tiny particles of silica help scrape plaque away from the teeth and polish the enamel. Baking soda can also act as an abrasive if toothpaste is unavailable.
  • Fluoride is added to toothpaste in order to prevent cavities. Fluoride is essential for re-generating enamel and forming bones. Studies have proven that fluoride reduces the incidences of tooth decay and gingivitis.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate is the detergent used in toothpaste. The chemical aids in the formation of foam and killing bacteria that grows in the mouth.

Because of the variety of toothpastes on the market, you can easily find one that suits your flavor, whitening agent and texture preferences. For more information on maintaining oral hygiene, you should contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.