With so many oral health products out there, it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. There are many considerations when choosing toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss and/or mouth-rinses.
Always, always pick a SOFT Toothbrush! Common thought is that the harder we brush, the cleaner our teeth will be but aggressive brushing with a stiff, bristled toothbrush can wear the delicate tissues around our teeth. Cold sensitivity, cavities and the appearance of looking “long in the tooth” can directly be caused from aggressive brushing habits. I love scalloped brush heads because they get under our gums a little more efficiently. I also really believe in electric toothbrushes. Oral B, and Sonicare are two popular models. Oral B has a round head and is superior to manual brushes with plaque removal. But I find it requires a little more dexterity to maneuver. My favorite is Sonicare. I have used one for over 10 years. It doesn’t take the place of floss but you get a deeper in-between clean. Our office will help assist you in the proper technique for brushing.
Picking the correct toothpaste can also be tedious. Which brand?, whitening?, peroxide?, flavors? Not everyone’s needs are the same. If you have a lower ph, you have an acidic environment, increasing your cavity risk, so a baking soda toothpaste would be best for you. If you have sensitivity, a de-sensitizing toothpaste can help. But make sure to see us for an exam if sensitivity persists as there may be another issue.
Flossing is so important, almost more than brushing, in my opinion. This essential part of your home-care routine is the secret to your success! Tight spaces between your teeth can make more of a challenge so try a waxed, small diameter type. But for general use, Dr. C loves dental tape! Do you have trouble even reaching those back teeth?, try a floss holder. We will assess your gum health and determine which in-between aid is best for you.
Mouthrinses can help reduce plaque, and provide temporary fresh breath. In my opinion, they act more as perfume than anything else. But there are beneficial fluoride and anti-bacterial rinses out there when used in combination with daily flossing and brushing that provide great oral health.
Feel free to ask about any other dental products out there. Remember that every individual is different and what works for one may not for you.
Remember to be true to your teeth, or they will be false to you.