Caries – our number one enemy, and manufacturers of toothpaste to combat the disease are used in toothpastes such components as sodium monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride, aminofluorides, calcium glycerophosphate, that is, mainly derivatives of fluorine and calcium.
But it is necessary to be cautious with fluorine, its content in the paste must not be too high. The optimal amount of fluoride – 150 mg per 100 grams of pasta for adults and 50 mg per 100 grams of pasta for the children, because the fluorine compounds at high doses can be harmful to health. Fluoride in toothpastes began to use since that time, as American dentists in the 40s of the last century have discovered the amazing properties of fluorine to heal the tooth enamel. Since caries was associated with a lack of fluoride as a trace element, which is why into the paste began to add fluoride.
But there is a category of people for whom is contraindicated fluoride in toothpastes, but calcium is needed. It is easy to determine by the appearance of the teeth: they are dark, with white “dashes”, which are located along the tooth, and in more severe cases – with white spots. Unfortunately, if milk teeth are replaced by permanent on just this type, their appearance can not be corrected, it is necessary to pay attention to the choice of (with the help of a doctor) toothpastes and rinses with a high calcium content. To avoid this, from an early age into the baby diet should be included as much as possible of dairy products, especially cheese and cottage cheese, as well as should be monitored the chemical composition of drinking water.
Another category of people who should refrain from the use of fluoridated toothpaste – are residents of regions with an excess of fluoride in drinking water. Therefore, ask what the water in your area.
Anyway, if you choose toothpaste with calcium – the best its active compound for today – it’s calcium glycerophosphate, and not carbonate. Carbonade calcium is insoluble and therefore can not contribute to mineralization of the teeth, and monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride are too fragile to form a protective layer which is easily removed in a short time.