Viral News Boy :- According to Future Market Insights (FMI), the worldwide oral care business was valued $53 billion in 2020 and is predicted to be worth nearly double that amount by 2031, at $96 billion. In 2020, toothpaste sales accounted for $12.9 billion of that total.
Aggressive marketing has undoubtedly contributed to the popularity of oral care products, but does it make a difference in terms of oral hygiene? Is the never-ending flood of new toothpaste formulas improving your oral health, despite manufacturer promises? Dr. Charles Geffen, a dentist in Cape Town who will celebrate his 40th year of practice in 2021, spoke with Maverick Life on the best way to use toothpaste.
Is it important to use a certain brand of toothpaste?
According to Geffen, the most important factor in your dental hygiene is how you use toothpaste rather than what toothpaste you use. “First, you don’t need toothpaste to clean your teeth; but, if you need extra protection, whether it’s antibacterial or gum protection, you’ll need it. When you wash your teeth, all you’re doing is dislodging plaque. As well as ensuring that you have adequate saliva in your mouth to spit out. But, in most cases, you don’t even need toothpaste, because most people rinse their mouths after using toothpaste, washing off all the beneficial things. You use toothpaste for the flavor and some of the beneficial compounds it contains. As a result, one of the most essential lessons individuals should learn is not to rinse their lips after brushing,” adds Geffen.
Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly added to toothpaste and drinking water, is one of the most significant compounds in toothpaste. It is mainly attributed with the reduction of dental caries occurrences in the twentieth century. In fact, a resolution voted by the WHO World Health Assembly in 2007 said that widespread access to fluoride for caries prevention should be considered a basic human right.
“Fluoride is helpful in controlling caries because it operates in multiple different ways,” according to a World Health Organization article titled Fluoride and Oral Health. It slows demineralization and stimulates demineralization of incipient enamel lesions when found in dental plaque and saliva, a healing process that occurs before cavities form.”
The problem of mouth-rinsing after brushing one’s teeth is also addressed in the same paper: “thorough mouth-rinsing with water after brushing the teeth increases oral clearance of fluorides and may decrease the caries-preventive impact.” The advice against rinsing out toothpaste is repeated on several official platforms, including the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom, which states on its website, “After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste.” If you rinse your mouth right after brushing, the concentrated fluoride in the leftover toothpaste will be washed away. This dilutes it and diminishes its anti-inflammatory properties.”
When it comes to toothpaste, Geffen recommends against putting too much faith in marketing tricks like the addition of new components like charcoal or herbs, and he warns against whitening toothpastes that include potentially abrasive compounds. Apart from fluoride, which is found in most toothpastes, “all you’re using a toothpaste for is lubrication to assist dislodge [plaque], to simplify the brushing technique, and to ensure you have enough saliva to spit out the overgrowth of germs.”
“However, the finest toothpastes are only available at pharmacies and are a little costly, such as Elgydium, which contains an amine fluoride, which is far more effective than fluoride in regular toothpaste since it actually induces tooth revitalisation,” adds Geffen.
Diet and oral hygiene
“It’s mostly about diet,” he says, emphasizing the need of toothpaste as part of a comprehensive approach to oral care. Some individuals brush and floss once, twice, or three times a day and have beautiful teeth as a result of what they expose their mouth to, whereas others must brush and floss once, twice, or three times a day as a result of what they expose their mouth to. It all relies on the bacteria, their genetics, and the conditions they are exposed to in their mouth. Toothpaste is a little piece of a larger image.
“It doesn’t matter what you’re using if you’re exposing your mouth to red wine and high acidity, which comes mostly from carbs and sweets, your teeth will still decay and lose calcium,” explains Geffen.
The World Health Organization recommends supporting a well-balanced diet low in free sugars and high in fruit and vegetables, with water as the primary beverage; quitting all kinds of tobacco, including chewing areca nuts; and limiting alcohol use, as well as appropriate fluoride exposure.
When it comes to one of the toothpaste industry’s most prominent marketing themes, keeping fresh breath, Geffen emphasizes the necessity of a comprehensive approach. “Bad breath is mostly caused by bacteria, which is hereditary and generally develops in the tongue,” says Geffen. So if you’re not scraping your tongue, no amount of toothpaste will help. Toothpaste will reduce the growth of germs, but it will not eliminate it. You must physically remove it, which entails scraping your tongue, flossing, and brushing as usual. If you don’t use the proper methods to avoid it, the toothpaste will only mask it for a short time before being washed away by your saliva. It’s all part of a bigger picture.”
Finally, he suggests brushing twice a day with a pea-sized quantity of toothpaste and spending four to six minutes if using a manual toothbrush, compared to half that time if using an electronic toothbrush.
“You’ve got your tongue, your palate, and your cheeks, and you’re talking about the top and bottom jaws. You have 16 teeth each jaw, however many people don’t have wisdom teeth, therefore you only have 14 teeth per jaw. It takes at least two minutes each jaw. And there’s no scrubbing; it’s just mild vibratory motions. All you’re doing is eliminating an overgrowth of bacteria from your tissue, which is a soft mush, soft colonies of bacteria that you spit out. And it doesn’t matter what you use to spit out; as long as you get rid of the source of the problem, you won’t have any issues. You may have the greatest brush in the world, but if you don’t use it right, you might as well not have one at all,” Geffen adds. DM/ML
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