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There are many different ingredients in toothpaste, but what do they all do? Each one has its own job and characteristic that is beneficial for your smile. To help you know what each ingredient does, our John F. Lann, DDS - Round Rock TX Dentist dental team has happily provided the following list:

Fluoride: Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps your teeth in a myriad of ways. In fact, it can strengthen and nourish your tooth enamel, making it strong enough to fight the effects of sugar and acid. This helps you prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.

Glycerol: Glycerol keeps toothpaste from drying out and it helps the paste flow smoothly from the tube. This can also be known as glycerin or glycerine. When it’s not used in toothpaste, it can be used in foods like yogurt, pre-cooked rice, and peanut butter.

Sorbitol: Sorbitol has two roles; it helps hold the toothpaste together and it also sweetens the toothpaste. Even though it acts as a sweetener, it does not promote cavities.

Calcium carbonate: Calcium carbonate is an abrasive that helps remove plaque, bacteria, debris, and surface stains from your teeth. This gives your teeth a nice smooth feeling after you’ve brushed and it also helps you prevent many dental issues, including tooth discoloration.

As you can see, each ingredient is helpful in its own way. Now, obviously there are more ingredients available in toothpaste in Round Rock, Texas, so if you would like to know more about those ingredients, please feel free to call our office at 512-255-1025. Dr. John F. Lann and our dental team will be more than happy to help you!