Choosing a type of toothpaste for your family isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. Besides price, the size of the tube, and brand reputation, you need to consider the special oral health needs of each family member. This means you might have to buy more than one type of toothpaste.
Some of the options available to you include:
Basic: This type of toothpaste contains fluoride to help guard against tooth decay. The ions in fluoride are anions, which means they have a negative charge. Any substance with a negative charge is basic while substances with positive charges are acidic.
Charcoal: Activated charcoal is a popular ingredient and do-it-yourself (DIY) beauty trend. When used as a toothpaste ingredient, it can help to whiten teeth stained due to decay, smoking, medication side effects, and food and beverage choices. Although it helps to remove tartar from the teeth, charcoal-based toothpaste can also make some medications less effective because it binds to them. Your dentist can tell you if this is a good option for your situation.
Homemade: Making your own toothpaste is another growing DIY trend. You can make a mixture in approximately five minutes by combining the following ingredients:
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
One or two tablespoons of peppermint extract or up to 15 drops of peppermint essential oil
One tablespoon of fine sea salt (optional)
2/3 of a cup of baking soda
Filtered water (add until desired consistency)
If you’re up to it, you can save quite a bit of money making your own toothpaste. You can also avoid exposure to certain ingredients you might not want, such as aspartame, sorbitol, and food coloring.
Sensitive: Toothbrushing can be painful for people whose teeth are especially sensitive to specific ingredients. Toothpaste made for sensitive teeth blocks tubules in the dentine of a tooth to numb its sensitivity. They typically contain potassium nitrate that helps to calm overactive nerves in a tooth.
Whitening: This is an alternative to charcoal-based toothpaste to help remove stains from your teeth. It contains abrasive elements such as baking soda, peroxide, or sodium tripolyphosphate to break up the stains. Whitening strips and other over-the-counter products may be helpful as well.
No matter which type of toothbrush or toothpaste you choose, you can depend on your Triple Bristle Toothbrush to get your teeth exceptionally clean.