WHAT IS TOOTHPASTE
We all know that brushing our teeth at least two times a day is instrumental to our oral health. But do we know exactly what’s in the toothpaste we’re using?
We’ve listed out the most common toothpaste ingredients to better understand which tube of toothpaste to use, how effective certain toothpastes are, and what to look out for.
Only toothpastes containing fluoride (sodium, stannous, and monofluorophosphate) are recognized by the FDA for cavity prevention. Stannous fluoride, when formulated properly, goes beyond cavity protection to help fight gum disease, ease sensitivity, and protect against acid erosion.
The ingredient helps toothpaste retain its smooth shape while also sweetening up the flavor. Unlike sugar, the sweetening agent does not cause cavities and is safe for teeth.
This toothpaste ingredient helps keep your toothpaste from drying out while making sure its texture stays consistently smooth.
The most commonly used abrasive is calcium carbonate. When you scrub your teeth with your toothbrush, the ingredient helps to remove plaque and surface stains. Other abrasives include magnesium carbonate, silicates, phosphate salts, hydrated aluminum oxides, and dehydrated silica gels. Abrasives are tough on plaque but gentle on your enamel, ensuring you get that smooth-feel clean without any damage.
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate used to create the foamy action you associate with toothpaste; this ingredient can cause mouth or canker sores in people who are prone to them. If you’re not prone to mouth sores, then the ingredient is completely safe to use.
Specific Toothpaste Formulations
With so many toothpaste options out there, it can be difficult to find the tube that’s perfect for you. Crest has a range of toothpastes that address a variety of specific needs such as sensitivity, gum health, whitening, enamel repair, and more.
Find the paste that suits your individual needs and tastes.