Posted on 10/10/2018 by Doctor Schwei
|Toothpaste is an important tool when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. These days, many people are opting for natural and home-made options, but the questions arise about just what is better – homemade toothpaste or manufactured options?
By learning more about the pros and cons of both, you can make the right decision for your unique oral health needs.
Manufactured Toothpaste Contains FluorideOne of the best benefits of manufactured toothpaste is that it contains fluoride. Fluoride works to prevent cavities and strengthen the enamel. A majority of commercial toothpastes contain fluoride, giving it major edge on the competition when it comes to homemade options.
Abrasives Help to WhitenWhitening is another important aspect of toothpaste, but what many people don't know is that the alleged whitening agents in toothpaste don't do much to make the teeth whiter. Instead, these abrasive agents remove stains, and both commercial and homemade options exist.
In your store-bought toothpaste, hydrated silica or calcium carbonate can scrub the teeth free of stains. On the other hand, homemade recipes may contain hydrogen peroxide or baking soda to remove stains.
Manufactured Toothpaste Can Help with SensitivityIf you have sensitivity issues, manufactured toothpaste may be the better option. Sensitive toothpaste contains strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. These agents fill in the portions of exposed dentin where the enamel has been eroded. This helps to protect the nerves and can reduce pain and discomfort.
Desensitizing toothpaste requires several applications before any symptoms are reduced, so choosing a store-bought sensitivity paste might be your best bet.
Good brushing and flossing is crucial for your dental health, but it isn't the only step needed to maintain good oral health. You'll also need to visit with your dentist regularly. We'll help you to create the best oral hygiene regimen for your unique dental needs.