Everything you should know about toothpaste
Toothpaste is much more than just a way to clean your teeth. Their ingredients and formulations play a crucial role in the health of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Here's why it's important to take a closer look and understand that not all toothpaste is the same. So, which toothpaste is the best?
Consideration of individual needs
Every person has their own individual dental predisposition and has specific dental care needs. That's why it's important to understand that not every toothpaste is suitable for everyone.
Some are particularly susceptible to tooth decay and therefore need special tooth decay protection. Others struggle with damaged tooth enamel and need care that has a regenerative effect and is formulated for sensitive teeth. Others tend to have inflamed gums and need to take special care of them and protect them from new stress. These people need an antibacterial toothpaste or oral care that reduces inflammation, promotes healing, and strengthens the gums in the long term.
And of course, we shouldn't forget the large group of people who prefer a product that gently whitens their teeth and tackles discoloration. The selection of the right dental care products should always be based on individual needs, so that optimal dental health can be guaranteed.
An overview of toothpaste variants for individual needs
Tooth decay prevention: toothpaste with fluoride
Toothpaste with fluoride is a proven tool for preventing tooth decay. This ingredient strengthens tooth enamel and creates a resilient protective layer against acid attacks that cause tooth decay.
We have a very informative article about toothpaste containing fluoride, which is definitely worth reading in this context.
Sensitive teeth: Toothpaste with hydroxyapatite regenerates tooth enamel
Toothpastes specially developed for sensitive teeth often contain the active ingredient hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite helps remineralize tooth enamel and fill small defects, reducing sensitivity in the long term and building and strengthening tooth enamel. Hydroxyapatite is also affectionately called liquid tooth enamel. What is good to know in this context is that it is important to have a sufficiently high concentration so that the mode of action of hydroxyapatite can have a significant effect.
Teeth whitening (bleaching)
Be careful; you should look carefully here because not all active ingredients in tooth-whitening toothpastes are beneficial to your dental health.
Whitening toothpastes use various ingredients to remove surface stains and make teeth appear brighter. The ingredients are almost as diverse as the products on the market. The good ones among the teeth whiteners work with mild peroxides, such as hydrogen peroxide. This visibly whitens the teeth without attacking the tooth enamel. The active ingredient PAP is completely new and revolutionary; it contributes to gentle teeth whitening and, especially in combination with hydrogen peroxide, becomes a whitening booster.
Gum health: toothpaste with antibacterial and soothing effects
Toothpastes for gum care contain anti-inflammatory and healing substances such as panthenol, chamomile extract, and aloe vera. The toothpastes gently remove plaque from the teeth without irritating the gums. They aim to relieve gum inflammation, nourish the gums with valuable active ingredients, and make them resilient.
Are gums your big issue? Then it’s worth taking a look at our informative guide to “gum inflammation.”
Special care needs for dentures
When caring for your teeth with dentures, it is important to use gentle toothpastes that do not damage the dentures. Regular cleaning of dentures and the use of interdental brushes or dental floss to remove plaque between the teeth are essential, especially with dentures. Because the oral flora changes as a result of dentures, it is particularly important to pay attention to hygiene and a healthy oral microbiome in order to prevent unpleasant bad breath.
Oral health in general: oral probiotics
Dental care products that aim to promote healthy oral flora, reduce dry mouth, or reduce fungal diseases are important to many people. These are mainly people with dentures, older people, and people who take a lot of medication or suffer from general illnesses. The symptoms that result from an unbalanced bacterial balance are varied: Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), bad breath, and the promotion of tooth decay or fungal infestation are just a few of the symptoms.
Everything about healthy oral flora in balance and how you can achieve this can be found in our informative guide on the subject.
The importance of toothpaste ingredients and complex formulations
The formulation of toothpaste is central to its effectiveness. Because the individual ingredients themselves do not have the desired effect, no matter how high they are. Only the precise composition and a balanced combination of the various ingredients enable targeted and effective dental care for special needs.
Toothpaste with fluoride, caries protection, and more
Toothpaste with fluoride is an important part of daily dental care. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and protects against tooth decay. It forms a protective layer on the teeth, making them more resistant to acid attacks by bacteria. Through regular use, fluoride supports the remineralization of tooth enamel defects and helps stop early tooth decay. This active ingredient is equally important for children and adults to maintain dental health and prevent tooth decay. Nevertheless, the use of fluoride products should be done taking individual needs and requirements into account. Too much fluoride can also have harmful effects on the body. That's why dentists recommend using toothpaste containing fluoride once a day if tooth decay is active.
Toothpaste without fluoride: the active ingredient hydroxyapatite regenerates tooth enamel
Toothpaste without fluoride and with hydroxyapatite is aimed not only at people who want to avoid fluoride, but also at those who prefer regenerative dental care or want a combination of both. Hydroxyapatite not only strengthens tooth enamel but also supports tooth regeneration and remineralization. This ingredient is similar to the natural structure of tooth enamel and forms a protective layer that protects teeth from tooth decay and acid attacks. Therefore, hydroxyapatite toothpaste is suitable for anyone looking to strengthen their tooth enamel and seek regenerative care for their teeth. It is also particularly suitable for anyone who has pain-sensitive teeth, as the hydroxyapatite strengthens the teeth and reduces hot-cold sensitivity.
The RDA value: a critical factor
The RDA value (Relative Dentin Abrasion) is a measure of the abrasion resistance of a toothpaste. It indicates how much toothpaste can affect tooth enamel and dentin during cleaning. A low RDA value indicates gentle cleaning, while a high value indicates a more abrasive effect. It is important to know the RDA value to better understand a toothpaste's effectiveness and possible effects on tooth enamel. High levels of abrasion place additional strain on tooth enamel. The teeth may appear brighter and cleaner, but the enamel becomes thinner and thinner. This price is too high for whitened teeth.
Studies on the RDA value
The University of Indiana conducted extensive studies on RDA values. They found that values below 70 are considered safe for tooth enamel. A lower RDA value is therefore recommended for people with sensitive tooth enamel or gum problems. While products with higher RDA values may provide more intensive cleaning, there is a possibility that they could wear away tooth enamel and irritate gums with prolonged use. You should keep in mind how often you use toothpaste and for how long. It is particularly important to look closely here, because our tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth that protects it from environmental influences, tooth decay, and hot-cold sensitivity, is only 1 mm thin.
MPT1 Ultra Polish Technology©: Innovation in all MINT toothpastes
With an RDA value of -37, all MINT toothpastes provide a high level of cleaning with low abrasion. This is made possible by the unique MPT1 Ultra Polish Technology©—the innovation from MINT and the heart of all toothpastes. The scientific path took three years until Dr. Mintcheva and her team developed this technology. Part of this is the natural cleaning agent perlite, a volcanic glass, removes deep-seated discolorations in the tooth and also smooths the tooth surface, making it harder for future discolorations to stick. This reveals the natural whiteness of your teeth without putting any strain on the tooth enamel. A result like that of professional teeth cleaning.
Why toothpaste without titanium dioxide?
Toothpaste without titanium dioxide is becoming increasingly important because current studies indicate that the whitening agent titanium dioxide may pose risks and, in higher quantities, affect our health. That's why many consumers choose dentist-recommended titanium dioxide-free toothpastes that rely on safer whitening agents or natural alternatives to ensure effective cleaning and oral health.
Differences and application of morning and evening toothpaste
Why is it recommended to use different toothpastes in the morning and evening? It is because the needs of our teeth vary at different times of the day. In the morning, we need protection from acids and sugars that affect our teeth through food or drinks. The morning toothpaste is specially formulated to provide this protection by containing, for example, fluoride, which offers strong tooth decay protection.
At night, however, the tooth enamel regenerates. It is important to use a toothpaste that supports regeneration. This would be, for example, toothpaste with hydroxyapatite (artificial tooth enamel). It builds up tooth enamel overnight and makes it strong for future challenges.
This routine contributes significantly to maintaining dental health and helps to protect sensitive teeth and regenerate tooth enamel.
What toothpaste do dentists recommend?
MINT is the dental care that Dr. Mariana Mintcheva developed over many years according to her high standards as a dentist and contains all the properties to give it to patients with the best conscience and with the highest discretion.
The starting signal for MINT was the fact that Dr. Mariana Mintcheva was repeatedly asked by her patients about a suitable line of care, and she couldn't really recommend one that she stood behind 100%. So she went into development with Mint and worked on new formulations that met all the criteria. Formulations with natural ingredients that meet the high standards of Dr. Mintcheva are enough. All care products from MINT by Dr. Mintcheva are absolutely innovative and usher in a new era of oral and dental care, with the aim of meeting all dental care needs on a natural basis and with a high level of environmental awareness.
Here are the MINT lines for different dental care needs:
MINT Paro+, a dental care line for healthy gums
The MINT Paro+ line of toothpaste, mouthwash, and gum gel is designed to soothe and regenerate sensitive gums. It uses high-quality active ingredients such as allantonin, panthenol, and chamomile extract to promote the regeneration of the gums, sustainably strengthen them, and protect them from stress.
MINT Hollywood Smile
The MINT Hollywood Smile line is an innovative solution for a radiant smile with sparkling white teeth. This series is the result of the latest technology and offers a unique combination of active ingredients for your perfect whitening.
The main players in this line are hydrogen peroxide and special polyphosphates (PAP). This combination enables professional whitening for everyday use at home, without risks or restrictions, it is entirely in your hands. Visible whitening of the teeth can be seen after the first application.
MINT Classic line
The MINT Classic line from MINT offers solid basic care for tooth preservation and dental health. The main focus here is on protecting and building tooth enamel. This line ensures effective teeth cleaning to reduce plaque without putting any strain on tooth enamel and gums. This line is particularly suitable for people with sensitive teeth.
MINT Biotic line
The MINT Biotic line from MINT is an innovative dental care line with probiotic properties and professional cleaning. It regulates the oral flora and promotes healthy dental hygiene. Our oral cavity is home to numerous bacteria, the imbalance of which can cause bad breath, tongue coating, and inflammation. The MINT Biotic line, specially developed for wearers of dentures, pregnant women, smokers, and people in menopause, contains the patented active ingredient complex SymReboot™ OC. This promotes the growth of good bacteria and reduces harmful ones. The products offer professional cleaning and support oral health without harmful substances.
Special dental care for denture wearers
Caring for dentures differs significantly from caring for natural teeth. Dentures, be they bridges or dentures, require specific care due to their different structure compared to natural teeth. The nature of the dentures and their susceptibility to changes due to age, certain medications, or individual lifestyles require differentiated care.
Wearers of dentures should pay particular attention to healthy oral flora. Healthy oral flora reduces potential complications such as gum inflammation, dry mouth, fungal diseases, adhesions, and sores. This focus on the oral flora is particularly important because the microbiome in the mouth changes as a result of dentures and therefore requires targeted care.
Conclusion on the topic: the best toothpaste
Based on extensive research and studies, this guide offers a holistic look at toothpaste, from ingredients to application for various dental care needs. It aims to support informed decision-making for efficient and effective dental care, taking into account different dental health conditions and needs, including people with dentures.
The best toothpaste for individual needs depends on various factors, such as dental health status, sensitivities, and preferences. Careful selection based on personal requirements and advice from a dentist will help find the optimal toothpaste for effective oral hygiene.
Your dental care needs should be ensured; under no circumstances should you leave your choice of toothpaste to chance. Don't just grab anything you see on the shelf or on sale. Invest more time in choosing your daily companions, because toothpaste can and must do more than you previously expected of it.