Do you choose your toothpaste based off of the brand, color, price or by what’s in the ingredients? There are “active” and “inactive” substances added to toothpastes to give them their color (even white), thickness and flavor. You want more of the good, active ingredients that will help fight tooth decay and oral health diseases.
Oral health diseases (tooth decay and gum disease) are the most common diseases in the U.S. That’s why the American Dental Association recommends that every person brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Patients should use quality toothpastes from trusted brands and should follow up brushing with flossing.
With brushing, you want to use toothpaste to get a really good clean for your teeth. Using water and a toothbrush only simply won’t cut it when you don’t want cavities or gum issues. Toothpastes have to be able to fight back against decay without drying out or becoming ineffective quickly. That is why there are various substances in your toothpaste such as:
Some ingredients may be harmful by themselves. Other ingredients will depend on the amount that is in the toothpaste. However, you can be the judge on if you buy toothpastes with these somewhat questionable ingredients:
When choosing toothpastes at the store, you might want to save a few dollars by choosing “no-name” or off-brands that you don’t recognize. In your local grocery store, store brands and off-brands may be completely safe and very similar to the name-brand items. Try comparing a name-brand toothpaste with the store brand that looks just like it. Double check that ingredients are similar or the same, where the toothpaste was manufactured and if it is ADA-approved.
That ADA approval is the biggest factor in deciding if an off-brand is worth the cost or not. In the United States, safe toothpastes and other oral products should have the ADA Seal of Acceptance stamped somewhere on the packaging. The ADA states, “every product with the SEal has been scientifically evaluated by independent experts to be safe and effective.” There are many standards and guidelines companies must follow in order to get that seal. If you see it, then you can know for a surety that your product is safe for your teeth and gums. This is especially important for small children and infants.
A study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2007 found diethylene glycol (DEG) in many dollar toothpastes. This is a harmful substance found in antifreeze and various poisons, and not something that should go in your mouth.
Many “name-brand” products were also found to be fake versions of the real deal, packaged to look the same, with subtle differences. Those items came from China, South Africa and various other countries with different health standards or no health standards for oral care. The toothpaste products contained harmful chemicals, were several years expired, or contained at least 10 times the amount of fluoride allowed in toothpastes in the United States. With toothpaste, skip the dollar brands and buy trusted products.
If you have a condition such as gum disease, there are specific toothpastes for those conditions you will likely need. After a dental exam and visit, you can receive one of those special toothpastes from your dentist and recommendations for ones you can get on your own. If you want to improve your oral health and know what brands we trust, call us at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies today at (970) 223-8425!