Our Glendale Dentists Share Information About Popular Ingredients In Oral Hygiene Products

Written by Dr. McKay on Dec 5, 2017

In the world of dentistry, not all oral hygiene products are created equal. There are more formulations on the market than ever before, and it can be difficult for patients to figure out which products are right for them.

Our Glendale dentists are here to help you find the appropriate toothpastes and mouth rinses for your situation. You can always contact our team to get some guidance, but today we’re going to get the conversation started by reviewing some commonly used ingredients in oral hygiene products. Let’s get started.

One of the most important functions of toothpastes and mouth rinses is cavity prevention. Cleaning your smile with the right products can help to prevent dental caries and keep your teeth strong. To that end, many oral hygiene products contain fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral helps to fortify your enamel, allowing it to re-mineralize after it has been weakened. When your enamel is strong it is more difficult for bacteria to infiltrate the tooth structure.

Oral hygiene products may also contain mild abrasive agents, to help you buff away as much plaque and dental debris as possible. Magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate, silicates, and phosphate salts are all gentle enough to be safe for enamel, while still being beneficially abrasive.

More and more dental products now also include whitening ingredients to help keep dental enamel bright and white. The most commonly used ingredients to lessen staining are hydrogen and carbamide peroxide. These ingredients are used in pretty small does in over-the-counter formulations, so as still be safe for enamel. Consequently, you really need to use these products on a regular basis in order to see visible results.

Our Glendale dentists are happy to give you any more information you need about how to choose the right dental hygiene products for you. Please feel free to give us a call or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry for our team.