When facing down the drugstore dental aisle, the options can be overwhelming. There can be so many types of every brand and every product, each making the same claims. How do you know what to believe? Here’s the skinny on what to look for when choosing the best products for your dental hygiene routine.
The toothbrush is the backbone of oral hygiene. You can’t clean your teeth without it! The most important thing to look for is soft bristles; anything stiffer can damage your gums and enamel. Soft bristles are plenty to clean most teeth.
Traditional vs. Electric Toothbrushes
There isn’t much evidence that electric toothbrushes are more effective than traditional toothbrushes, or vice versa. Electric toothbrushes can be easier to use and might be a good choice for people with mobility or motor control issues.
Choosing a toothpaste really comes down to one thing: fluoride. Look for 1000 parts per million of fluoride and a seal of approval from the American Dental Association. Other options are up to preference.
Whitening toothpastes work slowly, but they do work! They can be a good choice for keeping your smile bright over time. However, they can cause sensitivity over time.
Sensitivity toothpaste can be a good choice for sensitive teeth. An over-the-counter option will be less effective than a prescription toothpaste but is a good place to start for many people.
Floss all comes down to the spacing of your teeth. If you have wide-set teeth, choose a thick floss; people with gaps in their teeth may even prefer a dental tape. If your teeth are very tight, thin floss will be more comfortable.
When choosing a mouthwash, look for an alcohol-based option with fluoride. The alcohol kills bacteria that cause decay and gum disease. Fluoride is proven to slow or even stop tooth decay. This is a great combination to keep gingivitis at bay.
Questions? Schedule an Appointment
If you have questions about your dental needs, schedule an appointment with Drs. Kush Patel and Krutav Patel. We can perform an exam and discuss the best way to care for your unique mouth. To schedule your appointment, contact Craft Smiles in Fullerton, CA online or at (714) 888-7008 today.