To maintain good oral hygiene you need to start with the best dental products. With so many to choose from – how do you know which products are right for you? Whether it’s a powered or a manual toothbrush, you have a variety of choices that can confuse you. And just because a product may cost more doesn’t mean that it’s the best product or the right one for you.
Selecting a Toothbrush
Here are a few things to consider when shopping for toothbrushes:
- Choose a toothbrush that fits your mouth and has the right length and shape to reach all of your teeth.
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Most manufacturers make brushes that are soft, medium or hard-bristled. Hard-bristled brushes are not good for your gums. Soft-bristled brushes are the better option.
- Powered toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning the teeth and make brushing easier. This also a good option for individuals whose motor skills are challenged.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or when they become worn, whichever comes first.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste
You should always use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and has the ADA seal of approval on the label. Fluoride strengthens the outer tooth enamel of your teeth. It protects your teeth against cavities and harmful foods and beverages. It also helps to reduce dental infections and tooth decay. There are different types of toothpaste to choose from. They are:
• Tartar Control Toothpaste
• Sensitivity Toothpaste
• Whitening Toothpaste
• Toothpaste containing baking soda
• Tooth Gel
• Toothpaste made for children
If you are allergic to fluoride, consult Dr. Cook or your primary care physician to discuss your options.
Mouthwash vs. Mouth Rinse
Many people are confused about the differences between mouthwashes and mouth rinses. They are two entirely different products. Many types of mouthwash contain alcohol and unless stated on the label, do not contain fluoride. Mouthwashes freshen your breath but do not clean your teeth. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol are not suitable for children.
Most mouth rinses contain fluoride that will protect your teeth from acids produced by plaque build-up. Mouth rinses also help to protect against cavities. Read the labels carefully before making your selection.
Dr. Sarah Cook and the staff at Tarheel Family Dentistry are here to help you choose the products that are suited specifically to your needs. Consult with Dr. Cook during your check-up to discuss which dental products are best for you and your family.