Sensitive Toothpaste Ingredients
What’s In Your Toothpaste?
Toothpastes help to clean your teeth and keep your breath fresh. There are different kinds of toothpaste for different and specific purposes, these maybe toothpastes that meet the needs of a young child or for sensitive teeth. Here’s a closer look at the ingredients in toothpastes and how they work.
Basic Toothpaste Ingredients
Toothpastes are made of two kinds of ingredients: active and inactive. Active ingredients are those that have a therapeutic effect or make the toothpaste "work." Inactive ingredients improve the taste or ease of use of the toothpaste. Common inactive ingredients include flavoring and thickening agents, abrasives and detergents.
Specific Ingredients For Sensitive Teeth
While most toothpastes have similar basic ingredients, some contain an extra active ingredient to treat specific problems such as sensitive teeth. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, here are two ingredients to look for:
1. Potassium Nitrate: Potassium ions help to prevent nerves in your teeth from sending signals to your brain triggered by certain stimuli, such as sensations of hot and cold. Potassium nitrate is known as a "nerve calming” ingredient.
2. Stannous Fluoride: Stannous fluoride reacts with your tooth enamel to produce a repairing or robust layer over the vulnerable areas of your teeth. This protective layer helps shield against short sharp sensations caused by sensitivity.
Take the Sensodyne® Online Check Up
Do hot, cold, and sugary foods sometimes cause sudden, sharp sensations? You may have tooth sensitivity. Take the Sensodyne® Online Check Up to find out about sensitive teeth and the products that can help you.