Toothpaste Brand Comparison
There’s a new toothpaste out there for bleeding gums. Have you seen the Commercial by GSK? It makes me wonder, what makes this toothpaste different than other brands? Does it really do what it claims? I’m going to a side by side comparison of the current two top toothpastes for bleeding gums. I call it Plaque HD Vs Parodontax ( by the company that makes Sensodyne toothpaste) .
The three things I look for in a toothpaste are the active ingredients, the plaque control, and the humectants that help it from drying out.
|Active Ingredient||Sodium fluoride 0.24% (014% w/v fluoride ion)||Stannous fluoride 0.454% (0.15% w/v fluoride ion)|
|Plaque Reduction/ Tarter control||Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate||none|
|Humectants (Anti-Drying)||Sorbital & Glycerin||Glycerin|
Active Ingredient- Fluoride
The most important ingredient to look for in your toothpaste is Fluoride. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and starches that remain on your teeth after eating. Fluoride helps protect your teeth from the acid that is released when this happens. It does this in two ways. First, fluoride makes the enamel on your teeth stronger and less likely to suffer acid damage. Second, it can reverse acid damage and wear by remineralizing areas where the enamel becomes weak and a cavity is in its early stages.
Remember that your toothpaste is used to brush on your teeth and then spit out. That being said, everything I am going to tell you will show how the ingredients in your toothpaste will benefit your teeth and gums. Fluoride is currently the only toothpaste ingredient recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent cavities. The FDA recognizes three forms of fluoride: sodium monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride, and stannous fluoride and regulates the levels at which they can be included in toothpaste formulations. The question of mass fluoridation of public water is an entirely separate issue from including fluoride in toothpaste. If you’re using either of these toothpastes, remember that good brushing habits includes a pea size amount starting at age 6, brushing for 2 minutes, and angling the toothbrush slightly to get the plaque along the gumline.
The biggest difference between Plaque HD and Parodontax is the type of Fluoride used.
Plaque HD uses Sodium fluoride 0.24% (014% w/v fluoride ion) is added to fight cavities.
Parodontax uses Stannous fluoride 0.454% (0.15% w/v fluoride ion) fights cavities and kills bacteria. Paradontax has the potential to form surface stain on the teeth in some people because of this type of Fluoride. Another product that is notorious for staining is the Crest Pro-Health mouthrinse.
Plaque Reduction /Tarter Control
Plaque HD adds Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate to fight tarter. In toothpaste and dental floss, tetrasodium pyrophosphate acts as a tartar control agent. It removes calcium and magnesium from saliva so it cannot build-up on the teeth. Tetrasodium pyrophosphate is used in commercial dental rinses before brushing to aid in plaque reduction. Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, also called sodium pyrophosphate is a colorless transparent salt composed of pyrophosphate and sodium ions. In addition to that, Plaque HD helps fight plaque build-up by showing you where to brush and highlighting the plaque on your teeth a greenish tint.
Parodontax does not have any ingredients that fight tarter control and plaque build-up on the teeth.
I’m really happy to see that Plaque HD uses an additional ingredient so that the toothpaste does not dry out. I am someone who travels often and nothing is worse than going for your travel toothpaste and finding it dried out. Because the last marketing project I worked with was with Sensodyne, I got a lot of travel sized tubes. I was sad to find the ones opened have dried out. Parodontax made by Sensodyne has the same ingredients, so if you’re not going to use Parodontax as your everday toothpaste and use it up, you may be disappointed to find you cannot get it to come out of the tube when you go back to it. I would say when it comes to at home shelf life, Plaque HD wins.
Doing a side by side comparison based on the active ingredients, the plaque control, and the humectants, I personally would rather use Plaque HD to fight gingivitis. Here is why. While Parodontax uses the fluoride that also kills bacteria, I don’t like staining on my teeth and bonding. Being a bit of a traveler, I usually have more than one or two open toothpaste tubes, so I need my toothpaste not to dry out. Also, the added benefit of seeing the plaque getting brushed off sort of makes it like a game for me.
Along with good brushing habits, flossing/ water flossing, and regular 4-6 month dental check-ups, you’re on the road to healthier gums.
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