Many people have tooth sensitivity and they experience a decay increase without having any diet changes or start to have gum issue problems and ask if they should change toothpaste or increase Fluoride?
Before I would recommend Fluoride I would ask a few questions:
- What do you use for toothpaste?
- Are you taking any new medications?
- Do you notice your mouth is dry at any time?
- Do you snore, sleep with your mouth open or use a CPAP?
When someone has less saliva or the quality of saliva changes from watery to viscous it can be due to several reasons.
Really common in our practice is dry mouth due to inadequate water intake or medications that dry up the watery saliva needed to preserve the health of our teeth and gums.
In order to rebalance our or pH in our mouths to decrease acidity (low pH) and increase alkalinity (high pH), neutral is 7.0 pH acid is below 7.0, alkaline is above.
Germs “like” acid and generate acid to chew up our tooth structure.
Personally, I’m not aware of any commercial mouthwash or toothpaste that is not acid, below 7.0 pH. I use old fashioned, inexpensive baking soda, it is alkaline at pH 8.4 and I recommend the same to many of our patients.
I put a small amount in the palm of my hand and with the other hand, we my toothbrush, pick it up and brush away.
For a mouthwash 1/3 cup baking soda in 1 liter of water, shake it up and use as any other mouth rinse.
People sometimes say they heard that baking soda will scrub away their enamel but the truth is that baking soda is by far the least abrasive available as far as I know.
So what about the taste?
Well, to improve the taste try adding some peppermint drops or purchase Common Sense Tooth Powder, it’s Mint flavored and sweetened with Xylitol.
Either way, with baking soda, you’ll be doing your mouth a big favor… keep smiling!
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