Finding the Best Toothpaste
Keeping our teeth clean and protected is important. It helps to determine the overall health of our body. When it comes to toothpaste choices, there are aisles full of options, so much so that it may be hard to know which one is best. Here are some things to look for when buying toothpaste in your senior years.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by a build-up of plaque and other bacterial contaminants. Once infected, your gums will be swollen, bleed easily, and can cause bad breath. Though it is definitely unpleasant and can lead to other oral problems, gingivitis is treatable and preventable. Look for a toothpaste that includes fighting gingivitis. This will help keep your gums healthy, and in turn help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Dry Mouth Assistance
Dry mouth can be due to medication or ageing, among other causes. It can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, pain when swallowing, mouth sores, and general discomfort. Saliva is secreted by the body to help protect your teeth from harmful bacteria. When production is slowed, the teeth become vulnerable and can decay. If changing medication is not an option for you, choosing a toothpaste with dry mouth assistance can be a great help.
Cavities are not just caused by eating sweets. They are the result of plaque that has hardened on the tooth’s surface and caused a decay. Fluoride may be a taboo topic to some, but a portion in your toothpaste not only works to remove this tough plaque, but can assist your teeth as they rebuild the lost enamel.
Sensitive teeth can affect anyone of any age. Though it can be painful and cause you to miss out on enjoying things like cool drinks and ice-creams, you will be thankful to know there is a solution. Often connected to cavities, when enough of your tooth enamel is eroded, the inner nerves are open to impact from food and drink. This causes the pain. Choose a toothpaste that helps build-up enamel, or coats your teeth in a protective de-sensitizing film.
When it comes to aesthetics, white teeth are a must. Yellow discolouration occurs when the enamel wears away and the inner coloured tissue of your teeth begins to show. Not only does a sparkling white smile mean your teeth are healthy, but it can mean your body is healthy – and looking great! There are plenty of toothpastes on the market that claim to whiten your teeth, so you can take your pick. Keeping your teeth clean and white is important, but is only one aspect of healthy teeth. Try to find a toothpaste that whitens as well as fights gum disease.
Though often an afterthought, choosing a toothpaste that tastes good will make you more inclined to keep up with your brushing regime. There are mint flavours, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, and even fruit flavours. Top it off with some flavoured mouthwash, and you’ll be set for the day.
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