It may seem like as long as you are brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly, you are doing everything you can to maintain your oral health, but it can be possible you are harming your teeth and gums. In most cases it doesn’t matter which toothpaste and mouthwash you buy, but there are some that you should avoid.
Which Toothpastes to Buy
- Low abrasive – While it might be tempting to buy the toothpastes that boast tartar control or whitening, they can be harsh on your teeth. These toothpastes can be abrasive and wear away at the enamel making them more prone to tooth decay and sensitivity. Many whitening toothpastes can actually make teeth appear darker in color.
- All-natural – The all-natural toothpastes may be on the more expensive side, but they are less likely to contain harmful chemicals. Look for toothpastes that have aloe vera, cinnamon, or tea extracts for a natural alternative to artificial flavors and scents.
- Fluoride – Fluoride is one of the best materials you can put on your teeth and should be the main ingredient in your toothpaste. It has been shown to increase the strength of your teeth and make them less prone to tooth decay by filling the naturally porous surface of our enamel.
Which Mouthwashes to Buy
- Low alcohol – Alcohol is found in most mouthwashes, but the higher the content, the more likely it is to cause sensitivity and contribute to wearing away your enamel. Find a mouthwash with a little or no alcohol to fight bacteria without harming your teeth.
- Flavored – Harsh mint flavors can make it difficult to keep mouthwash in your mouth. The recommended time to swish mouthwash is sixty seconds, but if you spit it out sooner, you might not be getting the full benefits. More mild or non-mint flavored mouthwashes can make it easier to enjoy a burn free rinse.
Ask Your Dentist
Choosing the right toothpaste and mouthwash can seem like a daunting task, but your dentist will be able to give you better insight on which products will work best for you. If you are in the Madera, CA area and would like more information on which types of toothpastes and mouthwashes to avoid, please contact Keledjian Dental today!