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Is Toothpaste Necessary When Brushing?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
Is Toothpaste Necessary When Brushing?Everyone aspires to have strong teeth. The fact remains that teeth brushing contributes to a healthy mouth. However, many people are unsure whether toothpaste is mandatory when brushing their teeth. Using toothpaste makes the mouth feel fresh, but the truth is that you can clean your teeth without this product. The biggest threat to the mouth is dental plaque, and you can prevent it by dry brushing and flossing regularly. You may also need to consider professional dental cleaning and avoid sugary and acidic items. However, some situations may require you to use toothpaste. Learn when you need to add toothpaste to your oral care regime:

A Bad Breath

A bad breath can affect your social life. Who would love to come across a bad odor? A bad breath (halitosis) can make people avoid you. Luckily, toothpaste is a good solution to bad breath. Various kinds of toothpaste have different flavors that can help to improve your breath. If the bad breath results from bacteria buildup, you may need to purchase a toothpaste with antibacterial properties.

Prone to Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can harm your oral health. Decay can advance and cause infections, which are likely to spread to various parts, such as gums. It can also cause tooth loss and deterioration of tissues. The major risk factors of tooth decay are old age, certain medications, smoking, and poor oral hygiene. The good thing is that you can prevent it by using fluoride toothpaste. A fluoride toothpaste helps to put minerals back, making the teeth strong and healthy.

Teeth Sensitivity

Teeth sensitivity may indicate tooth decay or weak enamel. In most cases, enamel damage results from acid attack. Do you know you can reverse tooth sensitivity by using fluoride toothpaste? Fluoride makes the teeth more resistant to acids and affects the bacteria's ability to create acids.

Do you want to reduce the risk of severe oral issues? Contact us and learn more about preventative dental care.
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