Toothpaste Prevent Gum Disease

Using a special toothpaste can help to minimize your chances of developing gum disease – a problem that affects many adults in the U.S. Gum inflammation starts as gingivitis and can progress to the more serious condition of periodontitis, an infection that can spread throughout the body as well as causing a breakdown of oral connective tissue and bone, resulting in tooth loss.

Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria contained in plaque and tartar. This sticky substance accumulates between the teeth and eats into the gums. Signs of gum disease include tender, swollen or bleeding gums. Some people are more prone to gum disease than others, particularly older people. Gum problems may also run in your family. The American Academy of Periodontology says almost a third of U.S. residents are genetically predisposed to develop gum disease.

However, whatever your age or genetics, your choice of toothpaste can play a critical role in helping to ward off gum infections. In fact, your toothpaste can be one of your best weapons against gingivitis. Toothpastes that are good to help prevent gum disease are able to kill the germs that form plaque, which can harden into tartar. Look for a toothpaste that carries the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance for gingivitis and plaque control.

Colgate Total

The Division of Dermatology and Dental Products (DDDP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says gum disease can be reversed in almost all cases with appropriate plaque control. Numerous products have been approved by the FDA as effective in fighting off gum disease, including Colgate Total, a fluoride and triclosan toothpaste.

The use of triclosan in soaps was banned by the FDA in 2016, when the organization concluded that soap manufacturers had failed to provide sufficient evidence that it was safe. Nevertheless, the antibacterial chemical can still be found in toothpaste because Colgate convinced the FDA that its benefits outweighed any risks.

Oral-B Gum Protection

Oral-B says its Pro-Expert Clinic Line Gum Protection toothpaste provides the highest level of protection against plaque-causing bacteria and has been clinically proven to reverse gum problems within a month. After more than a decade in development, this toothpaste harnesses the power of Stannous Complex to unlock oral health benefits.

Crest Gum Detoxify and Pro-Health Advanced

Crest has a range of Gum Detoxify toothpastes specially formulated to prevent gingivitis by targeting the gum line, where millions of microbes can accumulate. This Crest line also penetrates hard-to-reach areas of the mouth and can reverse initial stages of gum disease. Crest says its Pro-Health Advanced Toothpaste kills 99 per cent of the bacteria that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath – without the sting of alcohol.

Meridol

Meridol toothpaste is specifically designed with powerful anti-inflammatory properties to destroy the microbes that cause gingivitis. Its active substances include amine fluoride and stannous fluoride to prevent the formation of plaque.

Paradontax

Paradontax kills bacteria that get stuck between teeth and is also effective in cases of bleeding gums and combatting the early stages of gum recession. It’s made from a combination of herbs, mineral salts, bicarbonates and fluoride.

Lacalut Aktiv

Lacalut Aktiv toothpaste contains aluminum fluoride and strong antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It consists of tiny granules for effective removal of plaque. It’s also said to be good for preventing bleeding and recession of the gums.

Zymbion Q10

Zymbion Q10 toothpaste is said to prevent the spread of germs and halt development of free radicals. Its active ingredients are sucrose laurate, fluoride and calcium.

The Right Brushing Technique is Crucial

Whatever toothpaste you choose, it’s imperative to use the right brushing routine and technique for the best chance of preventing gum infections.

  • Brush for at least two minutes twice daily.
  • Angle the brush toward the gum line at 45 degrees.
  • Move the brush gently back and forth in a circular movement.
  • Make sure you cover all the surfaces of each tooth – front, back, and biting edge.
  • Brush the gum line to get rid of food debris.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue.
  • Use a brush with soft bristles.
  • If you use a manual toothbrush, replace it every three months, or when the bristles become frayed.
  • If you use an electric toothbrush, fit a new head every three months.

Apart from using a special toothpaste, you can boost your resistance to gum inflammation by regular flossing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Stay on the Alert for Gum Disease Symptoms

Although using a special toothpaste will help to prevent gum disease, you should remain alert for any symptoms of gingivitis. Besides swollen or bleeding gums, symptoms of gum disease include gum recession, loose teeth, pus between your teeth and gums, mouth sores and bad breath.

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment right away. If it turns out you have the initial stages of gingivitis, early treatment can prevent it from becoming the more dangerous condition of periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, which may require surgery.

In any case, it’s important to have dental check-ups every six months to spot any potential oral health problems. These appointments will also provide the opportunity to get your teeth professionally cleaned - a procedure that’s vital in the battle against gum infections – tartar binds so powerfully to teeth that only cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it.

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recommends a yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) for all adults. As well as an examination of the condition of your gums and looking for indications of plaque accumulation, a comprehensive periodontal assessment will also check your bite function, and the state of your teeth and oral bone structure.

Dr. Eric Yao can answer any questions you may have regarding which toothpaste is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!