Are all toothpastes the same?

You may have heard a lot about the benefits of fluoride in dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, but did you know there are different types of fluoride?

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel, which is why it’s often found in dental products. There are several forms of fluoride that you may find in your toothpaste, one of them being stannous fluoride.

Fluoride toothpaste, including stannous fluoride toothpaste, helps fight cavities and prevent tooth decay. It does this by preventing demineralization and repairing damaged tooth enamel before a cavity develops.

Stannous fluoride is a common active ingredient in toothpaste and is an effective agent in reducing tooth decay. The difference between stannous fluoride and other fluoride types is that it includes key benefits such as:

Anti-cavity: While all fluoride types have been proven to help prevent and control cavities, by strengthening tooth enamel and dentine, stannous fluoride has been shown to make dental surfaces more resistant to bacterial acids.

Antimicrobial: Stannous fluoride is also recognised for its antimicrobial properties, meaning that it can kill the bacteria found in plaque that cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Anti-hypersensitivity: Stannous fluoride helps reduce sensitivity of the teeth which can result from hot, cold, acidic/sweet foods and beverages. It does this by forming a layer over open dentinal tubules (tiny channels in the dentin that lead directly to the sensitive pulp at the tooth’s centre).

So don’t forget that not all kinds of toothpaste are the same, and always check the ingredients when buying your toothpaste and check for stannous fluoride. Here are samples of toothpaste brands our dentists and hygienists recommended that contain stannous fluoride.

Oral B Pro-Expert

Oral B Sensitivity & Gum Calm

Oral B Gum & Enamel Repair

Sensodyne Rapid Relief

Colgate PerioGuard


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