You know that daily brushing and flossing helps fight tooth decay. Today’s article from the team at Karen E Williamson in Rockwall answers some common questions about that common but useful substance, toothpaste.
Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive quality of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Forceful brushing becomes unnecessary for dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering bits of food, and polish the enamel at the same time.
What’s with the strong minty flavors?
Minty flavors are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger.
What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious individuals for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another critical dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.
How are toothpaste and flossing related?
Flossing regularly in conjunction with brushing helps to avoid bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.
Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds yet another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.
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