In this post, the team at Providence Dental in Las Vegas takes aim at some common questions about toothpaste, and dental health.
What’s with the strong minty flavors?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, powerful toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for people affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger. To treat halitosis it is best to brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is essential and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.
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 important dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.
How are toothpaste and flossing related?
Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing helps with avert bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.
Should you floss before or after brushing? It really doesn’t matter.
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 another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.
Providence Dental in Las Vegas is your go-to source for dental health matters in Providence NV. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and treat conditions like gum disease. Make an appointment with us today.
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