In this post from Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township MI, we’ll answer some common questions about toothpaste.
Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive aspect of toothpaste is to help with removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Vigorous 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 flavorings are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, toothpaste alone is not meant to cure halitosis (bad breath). 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 people for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are included 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 toothbrushing helps with prevent 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.
At Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!