Guide - Indian Toothpaste
the toothpaste brands promise different things to the consumer.
Some offer the whitest teeth, some talk of freshest breath
or healthiest teeth. So which toothpaste should you pop into
your shopping bag? Sometimes having so much variety and choice
can be dreadfully tiring for the mind! Besides as the dentists
all tell us it is important to pay specially attention to
your child's dental
hygiene right from the age of 2. But which of the toothpastes
will actually live up to the advertising? Lets find out -
the price of a paste and brush
brands in the market offer basically two types of toothpastes
- one is in the form of the conventional paste and the other
is the gel. Colgate Total, Pespodent Germicheck, etc are examples
of the former type. They offer clean teeth and a safeguard
against cavities. The Close up range, Promise Gel, Colgate
Gel, etc promise fresh breath. Aquafresh and Pepsodent 2-in-1
combine the two types by having both gel and paste together.
B is a specially formulated toothpaste for children in
India. It comes in one flavour - mint. Though the children
like the mild flavour the paste itself does not foam. Also
the paste comes along with a brush making it an expensive
buy if you are not interested in using their brush.
all the ads are spectacular - but what's the bottom line?
Basically all toothpastes are alike. In the olden days (sometime
soon after the age of the dinosaurs) our not so distant ancestors
chewed datuan - the neem twig and most of them had strong
healthy teeth right to the very end. Further, here's a secret
that most advertisers have long known - people aren't as interested
in the anti bacterial qualities of the toothpaste as in its
ability to promote fresh breath and make your mouth taste
good. As a result many of us brush early morning even though
we haven't eaten anything just then, in order to lose that
morning breath. But few people remember to brush in the evening
when it's really necessary! So the differences in the toothpastes
are more in flavour and attractive colour than actual ingredients.
the expert says -
Vandana Jyoti, Dentist
is basically little difference between the different
is to look for in a child's toothpaste -
4 years of age - do not use a fluoridated toothpaste
as till this age the child ingests a part of the toothpaste.
4 to 14 years of age - fluoride is required in the toothpaste
as at this age the teeth enamel is permeable and therefore
benefits from the fluoride.
14 years of age - a fluoridated toothpaste is not required
as the teeth enamel are no longer permeable and therefore
the fluoride is not used. Excess fluoride
may lead to fluorosis.
colour (if possible)
the toothpaste every time you buy a new pack as frequent
use of the same formulation makes the bacteria present in
the teeth resistant to that toothpaste. (This applies to
Do not use only gel based toothpaste for your child as gels
serve more as mouthwash rather than for cleaning teeth.
Keep changing the type of toothpaste the child uses.
is the brushing action which is more important
than the toothpaste used.
For the child to have healthy teeth it is important
to make him aware of the importance of good dental
hygiene right from early age - Brushing twice
a day, regular visits to the dentist, sensible
eating and no neglect of caries even of milk teeth.