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Do You Know How Much Toothpaste is Right for Your Mouth?

Posted on 1/10/2019 by Sundberg Office
Do You Know How Much Toothpaste is Right for Your Mouth?Brushing your teeth at least twice per day is one of the guaranteed ways of keeping common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease at bay.

Have you ever wondered how much toothpaste is right for you? Most adults are of the idea that they should cover the entire bristles with toothpaste. However, a pea-sized dab of your preferred toothpaste is usually enough – make sure that you brush all the teeth to get even results.

On the other hand, the amount of toothpaste that young children should use varies by age. For infants, you should a thin layer of toothpaste is enough to cushion them from dental problems. For children who are more than five years old, they should use half the amount of toothpaste recommended for adults to brush their teeth.

Monitoring the amount of toothpaste that you use will reduce wastage and save you money that would have spent purchasing new paste now and then. Below are three factors that you should consider when shopping for toothpaste.

Fluoride Concentration

Fluoride is one of the essential ingredients used to make toothpaste. It helps to strengthen the tooth enamel thereby reducing the risk of decay, erosion, and the formation of cavities. Based on these facts, it is wise to choose toothpaste that has fluoride.

Avoid Sweetened Toothpaste

Sweetened toothpaste has high sugar content and can cause tooth decay. Also, avoid paste that contains sodium lauryl sulfate; research shows that this component can cause canker sores and eye irritation.

Level of Abrasiveness

Virtually all kinds of toothpaste contain abrasives. They give the paste the power it needs to dislodge food particles from the surface and grooves. However, it is recommended to choose one that is not too aggressive to prevent damaging the gums as you brush.

Call us today for more tips on how to select the right toothpaste when shopping and professional dental care services that we offer.

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