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Types of toothpastes – Which one is suited to you

What is the difference between all the varieties of toothpaste?


Fluoride toothpaste

Ensure you choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. When added to toothpaste, fluoride strengthens teeth, making them more resistant to attacks from sugar and acid, thereby preventing decay. Fluoride can also help remineralise (heal or reverse) early decay.

Fluoride toothpaste for children

Unless it’s recommended by your dentist, the general consensus is that you shouldn’t use toothpaste when cleaning the teeth of children under 18 months of age. Instead, use a small soft toothbrush and simply use tap water to wet the brush. Use a pea-sized amount of low fluoride toothpaste (sometimes labelled junior or children’s) for children aged 18 months to six years. Adults should always supervise children brushing their teeth until the age of ten to ensure they don’t swallow the toothpaste and are using the correct brushing technique.

Sensitive toothpaste

Do you avoid certain foods and drinks because your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold? If a taste of ice cream or a sip of coffee is sometimes painful or brushing or flossing makes you wince, you may have sensitive teeth. Consider using a toothpaste specially formulated with special ingredients to help reduce the sensitively of your teeth by blocking the tubules in the dentin.

High strength toothpaste

If you’re a person with a higher risk of developing tooth decay, your dentist may recommend you use a higher strength fluoride toothpaste. You may be deemed a person of ‘high decay risk’ if:

  • You’re undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces)
  • Your diet is high in sugar or acid
  • You have difficulty brushing your teeth due to arthritis or a disability
  • You have ‘Dry Mouth’ or low amounts of saliva
  • You’re living in an area without fluoridated water.
Source: Australian Dental Association
 

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