Which toothpaste to choose?
Fluoride, whitening, special sensitive teeth... there is a wide range of toothpaste on offer and it is often difficult to find your way around. We give you our advice to help you find the best toothpaste for your teeth.
First of all, it should be remembered that toothpastes have only a limited action, they mainly play a role of "lowering surface tension", this is the "soap" effect! When brushing, the most important thing is the mechanical action of the bristles of the toothbrush, which enables the plaque to be removed.
Le fluor est à la base de la protection et du renforcement de l’émail des dents. De plus il s’agit de l’un des meilleurs dispositifs de prévention face à la formation de la plaque dentaire et des caries. Attention toutefois à choisir un dentifrice fluoré adapté à votre âge. La dose de fluor présente dans les dentifrices pour enfants est en général plus faible que celle pour adultes. Prenez tout de même le soin de vérifier la quantité de fluor dans la composition.
Pour mieux choisir, voici les doses de fluor indiquées pour chaque tranche d’âges :
· De 0 à 3 ans : < 500 ppm (50 mg par 100g de pâte)
· De 3 à 6 ans : 500 ppm
· Au-delà de 6 ans : de 1.000 à 1.500 pm
· Chez l’adulte : jusqu’à 2.500 ppm
Regarder l’interview du Dr Michaël LUMBROSO sur la prévention ici.
Anti-plaque and anti-bacterial toothpastes
To combat periodontal disease (disease of the gums and the bone that supports the teeth), we recommend using a toothpaste containing chlorhexidine. This powerful antibacterial agent helps to clean the mouth, fight bacteria and reduce the occurrence of gingivitis.
The toothpaste that strengthens enamel
Enamel can become worn and demineralised over time, due to chemical aggression (acidic soft drinks, citrus fruits, etc.) or mechanical aggression (traumatic brushing, bruxism, etc.).
To protect the teeth against this effect, a toothpaste based on calcium peroxide, or based on a new protein that remineralizes the enamel: NOVAMINE® will remineralize and strengthen the enamel while eliminating the bacteria responsible for plaque. To promote its effectiveness, it is advisable to keep the toothpaste in the mouth for a certain period of time before rinsing, or not to rinse at all.
Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth are a condition that affects many people. It is characterised by brief but severe pain in the tooth when it comes into contact with hot or cold, sweet or sour foods, or when brushing. The main cause is the degradation of the tooth neck (where the tooth meets the gum), which extends to the gums that recede and expose the base of the tooth. To protect your teeth, you can opt for a low-abrasive gel containing fluorinol or permethol, which forms a protective layer by attaching to the surface of the dentin.
This type of toothpaste often has a higher abrasive power than conventional toothpaste, so that tooth discolouration can be removed more easily. However, whitening products do not whiten teeth, but only lighten them.
The disadvantage of this type of product is that it is aggressive to the teeth over time (especially to the enamel, dentine and neck). Ideally, it should be possible to alternate between a lightening product and a fluoride toothpaste, so as not to weaken and sensitise the teeth.
If you need more information on the different types of toothpaste, please ask your dentist for advice.