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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults


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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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Choosing The Best Toothpaste For Your Needs

Choosing the right toothpaste used to be a much easier task. You simply went with the brand you preferred or the price you were happiest with. Today, there are so many different types of toothpaste on the market that it can be very confusing to know which one to choose. You can use this guide to determine which type of toothpaste is best for your oral care needs.

  • Fluoridated toothpaste – This type of toothpaste has extra fluoride in it. While fluoride may be in your drinking water, getting more of it from your toothpaste can further help you to fight tooth decay. Fluoride helps make your teeth stronger, protects it from acid damage and can even help to reverse teeth damage in its early stages. If you aren't getting enough fluoride or your teeth are at risk of decay, this toothpaste may be a good choice for you.
  • Anti-plaque toothpaste – Some people are at a greater risk of having an increased amount of plaque buildup, such as those with bad diets, smokers, those suffering from bulimia, and anyone with worn-out fillings and/or dental devices. This type of toothpaste has a more coarse texture to give you some extra ammunition to fight plaque.
  • Tartar Control toothpaste – If you don't remove plaque buildup on your teeth in time, it will lead to the development of tartar, which is a hardened form of plaque. If the tartar isn't removed, it can lead to gum disease. Tartar control toothpaste contains strong ingredients known for helping to remove tartar.
  • Desensitizing toothpaste – There are many reasons why a person can have sensitive teeth. It can be caused by grinding your teeth, a lack of enamel or other dental issues. If you have sensitive teeth, you may find that desensitizing toothpaste helps. This toothpaste contains ingredients known for providing relief from sensitivity. If you aren't sure why you have sensitive teeth, you should see your dentist to find the cause and a possible treatment.
  • Whitening toothpaste – Whitening toothpaste can help remove stains from the surface of your teeth to help them look whiter. They can work by using abrasive chemicals to remove stains or with chemicals that stick to the stains, allowing them to be removed while you are brushing your teeth.

Educating yourself on the different types of toothpaste on the market will help you to know which one is right for your situation. If you aren't sure which type to use, a denal clinic like Treasure Valley Periodontics is the best place to ask. They know your situation and will tell you the right type to brush with.