Benefits of Hydrated Silica
The primary benefit of hydrated silica in toothpaste is its abrasiveness. Stains often settle on our enamel, the outermost layer of our teeth. Some kinds of toothpaste will whiten teeth with bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide, which changes your enamel color. But whitening toothpaste with abrasive ingredients, such as hydrated silica, scrub the stains from the surface of your teeth.
The other useful quality of hydrated silica's abrasiveness is its cleaning ability. Our mouths are full of bacteria, which, when mixed with the foods and drink we ingest, can lead to dental plaque (biofilm). If you brush your teeth twice daily with a clinically proven toothpaste, you should be able to keep plaque at bay. However, when dental plaque isn't scrubbed away and begins to build up on your teeth, it can become a harder substance, known as tartar. You can't clean away tartar on your own, and because of its porousness, it will become an easy substance for even more plaque to adhere to. Only a dental professional can get rid of your tartar! Plaque and tartar contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, which is why it's vital to stop their buildup as soon as you can. Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth once a day with floss, an interdental brush, or another interdental cleaning device.
If you opt for a toothpaste with hydrated silica or other abrasive ingredients, confirm that the tube has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. The ADA only awards toothpaste with this seal if it has a relative dentin abrasivity score of 250 or less. That means that with regular daily use and a proper brushing technique, the toothpaste won't cause any wear on your teeth. By finding this seal on your preferred toothpaste, you're confirming it's both effective and safe!