Safest Teeth Whiteners
The safest ways to whiten your teeth explained
It's important to note that none of these oral care products are a miracle cure. They all have to be used consistently with the appropriate technique to lower your cavity risk.
When it comes to preventing cavities, toothpaste can deliver powerful anti-cavity ingredients directly to the enamel.
These ingredients work to fight cavities by strengthening the enamel and underlying dentin. This works through a process called remineralization.3
Cavities develop through a process called demineralization. This process softens and weakens the enamel. Remineralizing agents reverse that process.3
There are three remineralizing ingredients that can be found in over-the-counter toothpaste:
Floss doesn't contain a specific ingredient that prevents cavities. However, using floss daily helps prevent plaque buildup between teeth that can lead to decay.
You should choose floss that meets your specific needs. Some people need thick floss to clean large spaces between their teeth. Others need slick floss that will easily go between tightly crowded teeth.
If physical impairments make flossing impossible, you should consider an alternative like:
Mouthwash helps loosen dental plaque, kill bacteria, and freshen breath.
The only remineralizing ingredient available in over-the-counter mouthwash is fluoride.
If you use a fluoride mouth rinse to fight cavities, you should use it after brushing and flossing. This is because you want the fluoride to stay on your teeth as long as possible.
PhosFlur by Colgate is a highly recommended over-the-counter mouthwash for cavity prevention. The product used to be available by prescription only. However, it's now sold in most pharmacies and grocery stores.
There are more tools you can use to keep your teeth clean and fight cavities:
Using an electric toothbrush helps clean hard-to-reach places when brushing your teeth.
You should find one that fits in your mouth comfortably. This makes it easier to brush away bacteria and prevent cavities.
Some people have gaps between their teeth. These spaces are likely to collect larger amounts of plaque and food debris throughout the day.
You can reduce your risk of cavities in these areas by cleaning them as needed during the day rather than waiting until nighttime.
The simplest way to do this is by carrying small interdental brushes. For example, GUM Soft-Picks. This allows you to remove food debris quickly.
Chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva. Saliva is an excellent cavity fighter.
The gum should be sugar-free so that you are not feeding cavity-causing bacteria.
The best chewing gum for fighting cavities is one containing the sweetener Xylitol. This is a plant-based sugar substitute that kills bacteria in the mouth.
The active ingredient in teeth whitening gel is carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients kill the bacteria that cause cavities.
Some people may be able to reduce their risk for cavities by wearing custom-fitted whitening trays with a 10 percent carbamide peroxide gel overnight.
Toothpaste tablets are an alternative to using tubes of toothpaste.
One of the best features of toothpaste tablets is that they prevent cross-contamination.
Toothpaste tablets are also easy to use. They work like regular toothpaste and help prevent cavities.
Simply chew on the tablets and they will begin to foam. Then, brush as usual.
Look for toothpaste tablets with hydrated silica. This is an active ingredient that gives the tabs a mild abrasiveness to remove stains effectively.
Almost every cavity is preventable. Using the right products correctly can significantly lower your risk for tooth decay.