According to the latest research by the Federación Española de Empresas de Tecnología Sanitaria (Spanish Federation of Technology and Sanitation Businesses), spaniards spend an average of 400€ a year in dentist fees. But it’s a cost that can be reduced considerably if we realize a daily oral cleaning and we brush our teeth at least 3 times a day.
As we already have remarked in our previous article, Keys to brush your teeth in the right way in addition to brushing your teeth daily, it is essential to brush with the best possible tooth brush and the best tooth paste adapted to your age and oral needs.
HOW TO CHOOSE MY TOOTH PASTE
In the market we can find a wide variety of tooth pastes (inexpensive and expensive) which promote whiter teeth, anti tartar, triple fluoride, etc. But are they really useful? How do they affect our teeth? From the Institut Ortodòncia Barcelona, Dr. David Huertas, brings us the answers and advises us on which tooth paste is most suitable for each one of us.
Dr. David Huertas nos advierte que utilizar una pasta de dientes baja en flúor es como si cepillárselos sin nada.
TOOTH PASTE FOR ADULTS
Depending on your age and the needs that your dental health requires, it is necessary to choose a suitable toothpaste. Because it is not the same to enjoy good oral health as to suffer dental sensitivity. Whatever toothpaste you use daily should contain fluoride and calcium to remineralize and strengthen the enamel, remove plaque and prevent tooth decay. It is essential that our toothpaste contains an amount of fluorine greater than 1,000 particles per million (ppm).
From the Institut Ortodòncia Barcelona, Dr. David Huertas recommends us to use brands like Oral B Pro-Expert, Fluocaril, Lacer y Gum.
TOOTH PASTE FOR DENTAL SENSITIVITY
If you experience dental sensitivity and suffer when ingesting hot or cold food or drinks, we recommend that you use a tooth paste specifically designed to reduce the discomfort and to solve your problem.
Dental sensitivity occurs when the enamel of our teeth is wearing off, and as such, we need to use tooth paste which substances seal the pores having appeared on the protective layer of our teeth.
Do not forget that dental sensitivity is an indication that there is a problem and that it is necessary to get the help of a professional.
To improve this discomfort, Dr. David Huertas advises us to use the following tooth paste: Sensi Lacer, OralB Pro-Expert Sensibilidad, Sensodyne Repair&Protect.
TOOTH PASTE FOR CHILDREN
When having to choose a tooth paste for the youngest ones in the home it is important to consider its concentration of fluoride to minimize the risk of fluorosis and fluoride intoxication.
According to the recommendations of the SEOP (Sociedad Española de Odontología Pediátrica) (Spanish Society for Pediatric Odontology) for using tooth paste for children between 6 months and 2 years of age, the tooth paste cannot be over 500 ppm of fluoride and the amount used the size of a pea.
After their 6th birthday, it is advisable for a tooth paste to have 1.450 ppm of fluoride and the amount from 1 to 1 cm, twice a day.
From the Institut Ortodòncia Barcelona, Dr. David Huertas recommends to select brands like Flúor Lácer Junior, Pasta Gum Junior.