Posted on 12/20/2019 by Advanced Dental Associates
|We get this question a lot. Can you make your own toothpaste at home, or should you use store bought toothpaste? The answer is, there are both advantages and disadvantages of homemade toothpaste. We have some answers for you.
The Pros of Homemade Toothpaste
We understand that many families are concerned about the amount of chemicals they put in their bodies. There are lots of different chemicals in toothpaste. You can make your own toothpaste. All toothpastes have a gritty substance that helps remove plaque, as well as something that freshens breath. Your homemade toothpaste can be made of baking soda, which both freshens your breath and cleans your teeth. You may also want to use coconut oil to brush, which is a great antiseptic.
However, homemade toothpaste is not without problems. The most pressing problems with homemade toothpaste is that it does not contain fluoride. If you are an adult, and you are on a public water system, you are already getting fluoride, and you have enough fluoride in your body, because your teeth have stopped growing. However, if you have children and you aren't on a public water system, you are not getting fluoride in your water.
The biggest advantage of store-bought toothpaste is that all of the ingredients are precisely measured. You will know exactly how much of a product you are getting. Also, store-bought toothpaste fights cavities, whitens teeth and freshens breath. If you are looking for a toothpaste that solves all of your dental issues, you may want to try store bought toothpaste.
Store-bought toothpastes are all approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which gives you an extra measure of safety. Store-bought toothpastes are also beneficial for children, because they need fluoride in order for their teeth to grow larger and harder. If you are not on public water, you will need to get fluoride to keep your teeth healthy, especially if you have children in your house.
Do you have questions about your dental health? Do you need advice on toothpaste? Contact us today for more information about which toothpastes are right for you.