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Is Toothpaste Really That Important?

Posted on 2/15/2016 by Jolie
A pea sized piece of toothpaste on a toothbrush.Brushing the teeth is crucial for removing plaque and bacteria from the teeth, as this can ultimately protect the teeth against decay and gum disease. However, if the actual act of brushing to remove these substances is so important, does toothpaste even really matter? The answer is - yes!

The Benefits of Toothpaste

Brushing your teeth without toothpaste is like washing your hands without soap. Sure, you' get a lot off, but are your teeth really clean? Toothpaste will help to remove plaque from the teeth, as this sticky film is full of bacteria that could cause a host of dental problems.

Toothpaste is also important because it is full of fluoride. Fluoride plays a vital role in tooth health because it makes the entire tooth more resistant to developing decay. It also promotes re-mineralization, which helps with repairing early stages of decay before any damage can occur.

If those two reasons weren't important enough, there are even more benefits to toothpaste. The special ingredients found within it will polish the teeth to remove stains and keep your pearly whites white. It can also help to keep your breath fresh by removing odor-causing bacteria from your oral cavity. Additionally, if you have sensitive teeth, special sensitive toothpaste can help to relieve your discomfort.

Toothpaste Can't Do the Job on Its Own

Despite all of the great benefits of toothpaste, it is important to remember that this substance isn't able to keep your teeth clean and healthy on its own. Without proper brushing technique, you won't be able to get those harmful substances off of your teeth.

Toothpaste also won't be able to access the tiny spaces in between your teeth where plaque and food particles hide out, so you'll need to make sure that you are flossing often in order to clean out these areas.

Please contact us if you have any questions about toothpaste.

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