World Health Organization (OMS_es) considers oral health as a key indicator of well-being and the quality of life of the people. A daily brushing, at least twice and for a time not less than two minutes, with a fluoride paste that contributes to the prevention of the appearance of cavities, is the most important oral hygiene measure of all. And, in this sense, choosing a suitable toothpaste to the characteristics of your mouth and its specific needs is more relevant than it might seem at first. What aspects should you take into account?
How are different toothpastes different?
There are countless toothpastes available on the market, so it is sometimes very difficult know which is the best for an older person. As explained by the College of Dentists and Stomatologists of Valencia (@icoev), basically toothpastes can be classified into:
- Pastes that help prevent cavities. They all do it, but some stand out for the greater presence of fluorine in their composition. For a toothpaste to be truly effective against cavities, it must contain a minimum amount of 1,000 fluoride particles per million. Only if this percentage is met, you can prevent the development of bacteria that end up forming the fearsome tartar. Achieving, in addition, to keep in enamel good condition of the teeth, an essential condition to avoid cavities and tooth loss.
- Pasta that minimize tooth sensitivity. Hypersensitivity, which usually manifests itself especially when taking very cold or hot foods or liquids, is a frequent problem as age advances, precisely because of the wear that the enamel can present, especially if due attention has not been paid to the oral care. Pastes of this type can help to solve the problem effectively, because they “plug” the micro pores that expose the dentin, the nerve that is inside it and that reacts painfully to sudden changes in temperature.
- Pasta that they treat periodontal diseases. They are usually effective when they exist pathologies that affect the gums, such as frequent gingivitis in older people. They generally contain, in addition to fluoride, some oral antiseptic which may be necessary to prevent infection if bleeding occurs during brushing. Using them can be a good measure, but dentists remember that these toothpastes should not be used on their own more than 15 days because if the problem persists, the consultation with the specialist is important. We must remember the relationship that can exist between oral problems and other diseases, such as diabetes, or even certain heart diseases.
- Whitening pastes. Depending on their composition, they can be more or less effective, but their effect is always quite limited. If your goal is to lighten the shade of your teeth, it is difficult that these toothpastes alone can achieve it. Instead, they are a good support for any whitening treatment performed in consultation.
How to choose the toothpaste that best suits you
As we have just seen, just like having a toothbrush that fulfills the function of thoroughly clean the older adult’s mouth, It is essential for good oral hygiene to use an appropriate toothpaste.
If you have doubts, consult your dentist, but as essential ideas, you must bear in mind that the paste you choose must always have a high fluorine content because it is the best way to prolong the life of your tooth enamel and the general health of your mouth.
Also if you present tendency to tartar, something that can happen despite maintaining optimal hygiene, there are specific toothpastes that incorporate zinc salts, which are especially effective in preventing the accumulation of bacteria in the most difficult to access interdental areas.
Faced with periodontal disease, your toothpaste is especially important, so the ideal is that you follow the rrecommendations from the dentist. You may want one with anti-inflammatory properties or that you need one that includes components of high bactericidal power, such as chlorhexidine or triclosan. They are pastes, generally sold in a pharmacy, that require the necessary professional advice.
What is the most recommended for a dental prosthesis?
As the Spanish Council of Dentists recalls (@CNSJ_Dentistas), perform the proper maintenance of any prosthesis It is essential to guarantee that it fulfills its function correctly, contributing to your oral health. The ideal cleaning will depend on the type of prosthesis. If the one you have is fixed, as a general rule you can use a fluoride toothpaste, completing the total cleaning with the help of a interdental brush or even dental floss If necessary. There are also special pastes to guarantee the total hygiene of removable prostheses. They give good results, especially when combining their action with that of cleansing tablets that dissolve in water to eliminate any bacterial presence.
Whether you have your own teeth or if you use some type of prosthesis, having the certainty that you are using the best possible toothpaste is an extra help when it comes to taking care of your mouth and keeping it healthy.