Which toothpast to use?

Toothpaste does not wash your teeth!

It’s the mechanical action of the toothbrush, dental floss and interdental brushes that will remove plaque, but it has major strengths!

What is toothpaste for?

Toothpaste has loads of actions:

  • Add fluoride to the enamel
  • Help dislodge plaque: reduces brushing time
  • Remove stains (tea, coffee, tobacco…) thanks to small abrasive particles
  • Give temporarily a fresh breath (menthol)
  • Specific action: sensitive teeth, gum issues,...

Which toothpaste is right for me?

  • I do not have any dental issues
    In all cases it is recommended to use fluoride based toothpaste. Fluoride re-enforces the enamel and works to prevent cavities, certain organic toothpastes do not contain fluoride.
  • I have stains (tea, coffee, tobacco…)
    Stay away from whitening toothpastes because they contain more abrasive particles to get rid of the stains, this wears the enamel. Worn enamel reflects less the light. With time your teeth will become dull. Best to see your dental surgeon more often for a scale and polish to get rid of the stains.
  • I have cavities
    On top of a thorough check up, higher concentrated toothpaste (from the chemist) is recommended. Talk to your dental surgeon.
  • I have sensitive teeth
    You can use desensitizing toothpaste. For it to be efficient, it must be used at least twice a day and not overly rinced. You can, after the brushing, apply some on the more sensitive teeth with your finger and leave it on.

  • I want whiter teeth
    The colour of your teeth can not be modified by using toothpaste. The whitening toothpaste only help to remove stains (tea, coffee, tobacco) but wears the enamel. To whiten your teeth, only a “whitening” procedure performed by your dental surgeon will be efficient.

  • I have gum problems
    Special “gum health” toothpastes exist that you can use without risk. Nevertheless, gum disease (swelling, bleeding…) are caused by bacteria in dental plaque. The solution is to eliminate with a good brushing and regular prophylactic cleaning at the dentist.

  • I have bad breath
    Bad breath is very often due to dental issues. No toothpaste will eliminate the root cause. The smell of menthol will only last a few hours. Consult your dentist to look for the cause of bad breath.

  • And for children?
    It’s important to use a tooth paste adapted to the age of the child which contains an adapted amount of fluoride, and to only use a small amount.

What quantity of toothpaste to use?

You must only use small amounts of tooth paste. For adults and children over the age of 6, the equivalent of a green pea 2 to 3 times a day is sufficient for the entire mouth.  For the child under 3: the equivalent of a grain of rice once a day is sufficient. For the child between 3 and 6 years of age: the equivalent of a grain of rice twice a day is recommended.

How to use tooth paste?

  • Only use a small amount
  • Apply to the entire teeth surfaces. Then proceed to brush your teeth
  • Spit and rinse sparsely (even best not to rinse). Toothpaste must be in contact with the teeth surface to re-enforce the enamel and for the active ingredients to act (desensitizing, gum treatment…).
  • If you are at risk of cavities, put a small amount of toothpaste on your interdental brushes to put fluoride in between the teeth.