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Does it really matter what toothpaste I use?
*Quick answer: yes, yes it does. It matters what kind of toothpaste you buy, because certain ingredients are necessary in order to maintain a healthy mouth and cavity-free teeth. Knowing the facts behind some basics of toothpaste can help you make a better-informed decision about what kind of toothpaste to buy.
What happens if you eat toothpaste and drink orange juice?
When orange juice and toothpaste get together, they affect your body’s ability to taste sweet and bitter flavors. And that plays a big part in making your morning OJ taste so gross.
Why does orange juice and toothpaste taste?
The strange, bitter taste of orange juice after brushing your teeth can be attributed to the sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) in the paste. SLS also suppresses receptors in your taste buds that pick up on sweet flavors, so you are unable to taste the sweet notes in your juice.
What does fluoride toothpaste do?
Most toothpastes now contain fluoride, and most people get their fluoride this way. Fluoride toothpaste is very effective in preventing tooth decay. The amount of fluoride in toothpaste is usually enough to reduce decay. In areas where the water supply has fluoride added, fluoride toothpaste gives extra protection.
Is all Colgate toothpaste the same?
Colgate makes many different types of toothpastes which serve different purposes. Some whiten, some desensitize, some prevent, and pretty much all of them freshen and protect.
What happens if you don’t use toothpaste?
That being said, toothpaste is a powerful ally for your teeth. It helps your brush to clean off plaque and food residue from your teeth. If you do not use enough toothpaste, you make it more difficult for your toothbrush to do its job.
What is your enamel?
Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth. This tough shell is the hardest tissue in the human body. Enamel covers the crown which is the part of the tooth that’s visible outside of the gums. Because enamel is translucent, you can see light through it.
Is it OK to drink water after brushing your teeth?
Drinking Water After Brushing Your Teeth It’s absolutely fine to drink water after you brush your teeth unless you have just gargled with fluoride or medicated mouthwash, or after any special dental treatment. You may reduce and dilute the effectiveness of these treatments.
What happens if you drink water after brushing your teeth?
Yes – don’t rise your mouth with water after brushing your teeth. You can spit the toothpaste out, but the moment water enters the mix – it cuts down the efficiency of the fluoride from your toothpaste. You may want to rinse your mouth out of habit.
What is plaque in your teeth?
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. Bacteria in plaque produce acids after you eat or drink. These acids can destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities and gingivitis (gum disease). Plaque can also develop under the gums on tooth roots and break down the bones that support teeth.
Does bottled water contain fluoride?
Bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health. Some bottled waters contain fluoride, and some do not. Fluoride can occur naturally in source waters used for bottling or it can be added.
Why you shouldn’t use fluoride toothpaste?
Swallowing fluoride toothpaste can lead to fluorosis, which interferes with the development of tooth enamel and can result in white streaks on the teeth, and gastrointestinal problems if the amount is large enough.