When you go shopping for a new toothbrush or floss, the amount of options can be overwhelming. Do you need soft bristles or medium bristles? Do I need waxed or non-waxed floss? We have put together a list of dental tools that are great to have at home to have a healthier smile.
Choosing the right toothbrush can be tricky with all of the choices available. When considering the type of bristles, sticking with soft bristles is always the best way to go unless we’ve told you otherwise. Medium and hard bristles can damage your gums because most people have a tendency to brush to hard. If you are unsure, you can always ask us when you come into the office.
The “Right” Toothpaste
Many different ingredients are hiding in toothpaste that do different jobs. You may be able to tolerate a whitening toothpaste, but for some of you who are more sensitive, that toothpaste may irritate your mouth and teeth. Sometimes, as you get older, the types of toothpastes you use may need to change. If you have any questions about which toothpaste is right for you, please ask at your next appointment.
Flossing at least once a day removes those particles between your teeth and around your gum line that regular brushing can miss. If your teeth are close together, wax floss will make it easier to floss. If your teeth have some space between them, unwaxed floss would be the best option.
Different mouthwashes can do a variety of different things for your oral health. Certain mouthwashes are great for killing bacteria in your mouth while others may help with teeth whitening. In addition to freshening your breath, swishing mouthwash may remove any particles or help with other areas that can’t be reached by your toothbrush or floss.
Other Dental Products
We’ve covered the main products that you should keep at home, but there are some others that are nice to have. You may have heard of using a waterpick to clean your teeth. While this is a nice product to use to clean debris out of hard to reach areas of your mouth, plaque is not removed during this process. A waterpick should not be used as a substitute for brushing. If you or your children play sports, a mouthguard is a must to protect your mouth during sports, especially contact sports.
If you have questions or need any suggestions for great dental products, check with us at your next appointment or call our office.