5 Reasons to brush with toothpaste

While many of us brush twice daily to ensure we stay on top of our dental hygiene, one question that often pops up is whether or not we should use toothpaste. Today, we’ll be discussing 5 reasons to brush with toothpaste so you can ensure you have optimal dental health. Of course, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you don’t have any toothpaste, the act of brushing with water will help to get rid of bits of leftover food in your mouth and brush away plaque, long term, this isn’t an ideal solution. Let’s take a look at how toothpaste can benefit you.

How Does Toothpaste Work?

Toothpaste was originally used by the Ancient Egyptians, or at least some form of it was. Their interesting concoction of ingredients was said to have been used as far back as 5000 B.C. However, the stuff their toothpaste contained was a far cry from what we see today. The more modern-day toothpaste that you’ll be more familiar with originated in the 1800s. 

So, how does it work?

Toothpaste acts as a light abrasive designed to brush away the thin layer of film on your teeth (plaque) and leave you with fresh breath all day long. Some types of toothpaste have additional properties too that are designed to help those who are specifically having issues. These include excess tartar buildup/gum disease, those with excess sensitivity, or those looking for a whiter smile.

Benefits of Brushing with Toothpaste

With the above in mind, let’s run through some of the benefits of toothpaste and why you always need to brush with it.

1) It Prevents Against Plaque

The dental biofilm known as plaque will naturally build up throughout the day and the foods you eat will also contribute to said buildup. The bacteria in your mouth love sugars which is why it’s always important to brush your teeth twice daily to remove this. You can tackle the plaque by using a toothpaste with specific ingredients like baking soda, Zinc Citrate, Triclosan or Sodium Pyrophosphate that are all designed to prevent the buildup of plaque.

2) It Contains Fluoride for Stronger Teeth

One of the most important components of toothpaste is fluoride. This is the stuff that helps keep your teeth strong by hardening them and assists you with having better dental health. Fluoride can naturally be found in water, but there’s usually not enough in the water supply to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Toothpaste can provide that extra boost for your oral health 

3) It Aids in the Prevention of Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease

Over time, if you don’t brush your teeth with toothpaste, plaque will inevitably build up and the bacteria in your mouth will begin to produce acids that are terrible for your teeth. These bacteria love sugar, which is why your dentist usually tries to stop you from eating so much of it. If left, eventually the acid will cause you to develop holes in the enamel of your teeth known as cavities which then makes it easier for your tooth to decay as the dentin is far softer than the enamel. By using toothpaste you can prevent this acid from wreaking havoc with your teeth and avoid getting fillings; a common treatment for protecting your teeth from further decay.

4) It Can Have Teeth Whitening Properties

For those of you who want a brilliant smile, there are plenty of kinds of toothpaste out there that will help you to achieve a brighter smile. However, do keep in mind that whitening toothpaste will only be effective on surface-level stains. For deeper stains, you might want to consider teeth whitening treatments. Nevertheless, if you’re a coffee addict a good whitening toothpaste won’t do any harm, especially if the toothpaste contains some of the anti-plaque ingredients we discussed earlier in the post.

5) Some Toothpastes Can Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

Just like some types of toothpaste can help with the appearance of your teeth, some are designed to help prevent tooth sensitivity. This is usually achieved by adding extra ingredients to the toothpaste which strengthens the tooth enamel and protects the dentin. The dentin is the area of the tooth that is more sensitive and can cause a person pain or discomfort.

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