This article from the dentist at Jefferson City Dental Care answers some common questions about 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. Vigorous brushing becomes unnecessary, because the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag food debris 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, dynamic toothpaste alone is not designed to cure 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 for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another essential dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.
How are toothpaste and flossing related?
Flossing regularly in conjunction with brushing assists in preventing bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by 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 dynamic layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.
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