Miami and Coral Gables, FL
Our teeth seem to take a toll throughout the aging process. Teeth become dingy, stained, and are susceptible to damage and decay the older we get. Dry mouth also is associated with aging due to the side effects of certain medications often prescribed for older individuals. Miami dentists at Miami Designer Smiles want to share with you five ideal dental tools that are perfect for caring for your aging teeth. Remember, good oral hygiene is important for everyone, and it’s never too late to start taking care of your teeth and gums.
Consider using whitening toothpaste to help maintain or brighten your smile. While you won’t see as dramatic of results as what you would get with professional teeth whitening treatment, the main ingredient of whitening toothpaste–hydrogen peroxide – gradually can whiten your teeth over time. Baking soda also has been proven to remove stains, although speak with your dentist before beginning a whitening program at home to be sure you’re using the right product for you.
Many patients prefer using a manual toothbrush. Maybe it’s the price point, or maybe just what you prefer. Either way, toothbrushes have a shelf life. If yours predates Halloween, it’s time for a new one! Be sure that you’re changing out your toothbrush once every three months. Also, choose an extra soft-bristled toothbrush opposed to medium or hard bristled varieties, which are too abrasive to your teeth and gums. Multileveled or angled toothbrushes are the most effective at reaching hard to reach areas.
Adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your oral hygiene regimen can help you combat bad breath and aid in maintaining good oral health. Just look for a mouthwash that contains cetylpyridinium chloride, and essential oils – eucalyptol, thymol, menthol, or methyl salicylate. Find one that also contains fluoride, and you’re double protecting your teeth!
For those battling inflamed or bleeding gums, opt for a toothpaste containing stannous fluoride. Toothpaste and rinses containing potassium chloride are great at protecting sensitive teeth. However, it’s best to steer clear of the new, trendy charcoal toothpaste as they are too abrasive to your teeth.
Floss sticks may seem convenient, but they just add to the already growing plastic waste on the planet. Plus, they don’t really clean between teeth effectively. Instead, opt for rigid type of floss, not the thin, smooth varieties. And, above all, make sure that you are actually flossing daily! It’s the only way to clean interproximally, or between your teeth, effectively. While water flossers and other nifty oral hygiene tools are helpful and certainly have their place, they simply do not replace good ole’ flossing.
If you would like to learn more about the services that we offer or find out about ways that you can protect your teeth past the age of 50, we invite you to contact Miami Designer Smiles by calling (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients of all ages, and provide a wide range of services to fit your oral health needs.
Miami Designer Smiles welcomes patients of the Coral Gables and Miami areas of Florida.