Americans today are brushing their teeth too hard and using toothpaste that is extremely abrasive. Did you know that most 'whitening' toothpaste actually use abrasion to make your teeth whiter. This is causing serious long term damage to your tooth enamel and your gums.
That electric toothbrush + whitening toothpaste =
You may be taking better care of the finish on your car than your teeth. You hand wash your car to preserve the finish, but you may have used sandpaper to brush your teeth this morning.
There is a safer way to minimize plaque
It would be very helpful if there was an abrasion rating on toothpaste packaging. If you research on the Internet there have been some testing of which toothpastes are low abrasion. Most major brands that claim to be whitening your teeth are rated medium or highly abrasive. The toothpaste that tested lowest in abrasion was Arm & Hammer Dental Care. Here is a list of the toothpastes that were rated low abrasion with an RDA rating of 0 to 70.
|Arm & Hammer Dental Care||35|
|Tom’s of Maine Sensitive||49|
|Arm & Hammer Peroxicare||49|
|Tom’s of Maine Children||57|
You may notice I have included Sensodyne even though it is over 70. I think the benefits of using Sensodyne to address sensitivity is worth the slight increase in abrasion. Ironically your teeth are probably sensitive due to highly abrasive toothpaste. The most abrasive toothpaste in the study was Colgate Tarter Control with a rating of 165 which is in the harmful range. Are you noticing a pattern? Toothpastes that claim to whiten or remove tarter are also slowly removing your enamel. The damage takes a couple of decades to become a serious problem so most people don't realize what they have done until it is too late.
Also take a look at your toothbrush. Softer is better and make sure you run it under hot water before your use it. This not only will help remove bacteria, it will also soften the bristles.
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