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What would you like your toothpaste to do for you? Prevent cavities, eliminate plaque, reduce tartar build-up, protect sensitive teeth, lower your risk of gingivitis or freshen your breath? Perhaps all of the above? What you need is the right toothpaste! Here are tips on making the best choice.
Toothpaste would be nothing without its trusty sidekick, the toothbrush. Make sure you use a toothbrush of proper size (adult or child) with an oval head, soft rounded bristles made of nylon and a handle with a good grip.Using the right toothbrush and toothpaste will help remove minor surface stains, food particles and the dental biofilm. The biofilm, also known as “dental plaque,” is composed of microorganisms that cause cavities and gum infections. When it hardens, plaque turns into tartar, which is also associated with gum and periodontal infections.
For best results, you should brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day.
Toothpaste can address various preventive and therapeutic needs depending on the ingredients it contains. Make your choice based on what you want your toothpaste to do for you.
Products with the Canadian Dental Association Seal have met various criteria (scientific data and clinical or lab trials) to prove they comply with the claims being made. Keep in mind that the Seal is optional.
According to the Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec and contrary to popular belief, you do not need to use a large amount of toothpaste to reap all the benefits it has to offer.
Children six and under should be supervised when they brush their teeth to make sure they do not swallow any paste and that they rinse their mouth well once they are done.Some therapeutic ingredients found in toothpaste may not be suitable for children before the age of 6, 8 or 12. Be sure to read the label.
The Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec has listed a few ingredients to avoid in certain circumstances.
For example, you should avoid:
Do you have questions about toothpaste or oral health? Talk to your family pharmacist for answers!
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