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Choosing Toothpaste Based on Ingredients

July 12, 2023
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Every day, most of us apply toothpaste to our toothbrushes without giving it much thought. However, an article presented by Insider reveals that the ingredients in toothpaste significantly impact our oral health. At Ashraf Dentistry, we believe that understanding these ingredients is essential for making informed oral care decisions. (Source: Insider, What should you look for in a toothpaste? The best and worst ingredients, according to dentists, by Allison Torres Burtka, March 3, 2021, https://www.insider.com/guides/health/dental/toothpaste-ingredients).



The first key ingredient that the article discusses is fluoride. This mineral is often synonymous with dental health. It is found in most toothpastes because it strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent decay.

Commenting on this, Ashraf Dentistry says, “Fluoride is indeed a critical ingredient in toothpaste. As Waterloo dentistry professionals, we often see less tooth decay in patients who use fluoride toothpaste regularly. However, it’s not just about brushing alone; consistent cleanings and fillings at a reputable clinic are also essential for optimal oral health.”

Potassium Nitrate

Next, the article discusses potassium nitrate, an ingredient often found in toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Potassium nitrate helps reduce tooth sensitivity by shielding nerve endings in the teeth from triggers like hot and cold substances.

Ashraf Dentistry adds, “Potassium nitrate is an excellent ingredient for those suffering from tooth sensitivity. However, we recommend visiting a Waterloo family dental clinic for a thorough check-up if sensitivity persists. Persistent sensitivity could indicate a more significant issue, such as a cavity or gum disease.”

Zinc Citrate

Thirdly, the article highlights zinc citrate, an anti-bacterial agent that helps reduce plaque and tartar build-up.

“We wholeheartedly agree with the article’s endorsement of zinc citrate,” says Ashraf Dentistry. “It’s an excellent ingredient for promoting oral health. However, no amount of brushing can substitute for professional cleanings at a dental clinic. Consistent dental appointments for cleanings and fillings play a crucial role in preserving optimal oral health.”

Calcium Carbonate

Calcium carbonate, a mild abrasive in many toothpastes, effectively removes plaque, stains, and surface discoloration on teeth.

Speaking about calcium carbonate, Ashraf Dentistry notes, “While calcium carbonate does help clean teeth effectively, it’s important to remember that excessive scrubbing can wear down your enamel over time. This can cause sensitivity and increase the risk of cavities. It’s best to brush gently and regularly and ensure routine check-ups with your dentist.”

Hydrogen Peroxide

Finally, the article focuses on hydrogen peroxide, an ingredient found in whitening toothpaste. Hydrogen peroxide functions as a bleaching agent that aids in the elimination of stubborn stains and discoloration at a deeper level.

Ashraf Dentistry comments, “Hydrogen peroxide is an effective whitening ingredient, but it should be used with caution. If used incorrectly, it can lead to tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. As always, for any concerns or queries regarding oral health and toothpaste choices, we encourage individuals to reach out to a trusted Waterloo dentistry professional.”


In conclusion, while understanding toothpaste ingredients is essential, it’s just one part of maintaining good oral health. Regular visits to your local Waterloo family dental clinic for cleanings and fillings, alongside proper at-home oral care, are paramount for optimal oral health. And remember, Ashraf Dentistry is always here to answer any of your questions and provide professional, compassionate dental care.


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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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