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Toothpaste (written by Samantha Roden, hygienist)

Thursday, December 12th, 2013


As a dental hygienist one of the most frequent questions I get asked is “which toothpaste is the best


Fluoride is the most important aspect when choosing a toothpaste.


Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth enamel (the outer surface of the tooth) and along with a good brushing technique and minimising your sugar intake throughout the day will help to prevent the need for fillings.

If you are using a toothpaste with the wrong amount of fluoride your teeth could potentially be at risk of developing tooth decay which could lead to pain, abscess, bad breath and in some cases tooth loss.

You can find how much fluoride your toothpaste contains by looking on the ingredients list of the tube or outer packaging of your toothpaste. If unsure ask your dental hygienist.



  • Children up to the age of 3 years should be using a smear of toothpaste with no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride. Children over 3 and adults should be using a pea sized amount of toothpaste containing 1,350 – 1,500 ppm fluoride.


After brushing you should spit out the excess toothpaste and not rinse with any water or mouthwash for maximum fluoride benefit.


Patients who have a high risk of developing dental decay can be prescribed a higher strength fluoride toothpaste to help prevent this.


Some other toothpastes you may find are sensitive, whitening and toothpastes aimed at helping prevent gum disease.


Sensitive toothpastes work really well for patients suffering with sensitivity, different brands work better for different people, if one doesn’t suit you try a different make. Sensodyne and Colgate pro relief are the main ones on the market at the minute. They contain an ingredient that helps stop sensitivity.


Once you have found one that suits you, the same brand should be used from then on to gain the full benefit from your toothpaste and remember not to rinse with water or mouthwash after brushing.

If you have any particular areas that are more sensitive than others for example an area of gum recession, you can dry the area and rub the sensitive toothpaste on with your finger.


Some Abrasive whitening toothpastes can damage teeth, Janina whitening is a good low abrasive toothpaste that we recommend. If you wish whiter teeth you can discuss professional teeth whitening with your dentist or hygienist.


Toothpastes with stannous fluoride may help in reducing gingivitis and early signs of gum disease.


Feel free to ask your hygienist if you have any questions regarding toothpastes  BOOK AN APPOINTMENT



Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Brushing your teeth is the best way to remove plaque, a biofilm containing harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss.


You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and particularly before you go to bed at night. Spit out any excess, but do not rinse toothpaste away with lots of water, you will get rid of all the benefit of it. (more…)