Types of toothpastes

Types of toothpastes

There are various kinds of toothpastes available in the market and their functions depend on the active ingredients they contain.

  • Desensitizing toothpastes

Used to provide relief from dentine hypersensitivity

Active ingredients-potassium nitrate,arginine, etc


  • Anti-decay toothpastes

Helps prevent tooth decay(1000 ppm or 500ppm in children’s toothpastes)

Active ingredients-sodium fluoride,stannous fluoride, monofluorophosphate

e.g-cherio flavoured toothpastes for children

  • Anti plaque toothpastes

Inhibits plaque accumulation, reduces toxic effect of bacterial toxin on tissues surrounding the teeth thus reducing the chances of gum disease

Active ingredients-triclosan,zinc citrate,etc

  • Anti calculus toothpastes

Retards calcification of dental plaque thus decreasing rate of formation of calculus

Active ingredients-pyrophosphate,zinc citrate,etc

  • Whitening toothpastes

Contains relatively coarse abrasives which abrade the stains on teeth giving a whitening effect. Long term use and their effects are yet unknown

Also Read: Smoking and Dental Health


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