Sensitive Toothpaste Ingredients

Tooth Health

Tooth Paste For Sensitive teeth

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 protect from 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.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, consider visiting your dentist. He or she can help identify the underlying causes of the discomfort in your teeth and recommend a toothpaste that’s best for you.

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