The variety of products available for at-home dental care is truly amazing. And while it’s great to have so many to choose from, that variety can sometimes make it difficult to decide which products are best for your at-home oral hygiene routine. To simplify this process, we’ve gathered some information to consider the next time you’re shopping for dental products.
- Toothbrushes: Soft bristles are considered to be most effective. Look for a small brush head – one that fits easily inside your mouth and allows you to reach every tooth surface. The best shape and size of brush head will vary for each individual, so just select one that looks as though it would be right for you. Electric toothbrushes are typically believed to be better than manual brushes, but if you are diligent and thorough in your brushing routine, a manual brush can work just as well. Remember to replace your toothbrush (or the brush head) periodically as it begins to wear down.
- Toothpastes: Fluoride toothpastes will help to strengthen the tooth enamel, and are generally considered to be good choices for most people. Whitening toothpastes can be effective in brightening your smile, but only if you use them regularly for long periods of time. If you have sensitive teeth, a paste developed to reduce sensitivity can help. Whatever toothpaste you choose, be sure it is one that is approved by the American Dental Association.
- Floss: The most important consideration with regard to floss is to choose a style that is most comfortable for you to use every day. If you have very narrow spaces between your teeth, you might want to choose a thinner, waxed type. People with larger spaces may prefer dental tape. You might also consider a water flossing tool, which can be a helpful in removing leftover food particles that regular brushing and flossing can leave behind.
- Mouthwashes: Similar to toothpastes, mouthwashes come in a wide variety of types, including fluoride rinses, anti-bacterial mouthwashes, breath-fresheners and even rinses to help alleviate dry mouth symptoms. Choose one that that best suits your needs, and make sure it’s approved by the ADA.
Every individual has different oral health issues, which explains why there are so many types of oral hygiene products to choose from. Before you decide, consider what dental issues you need to address, then choose the products that would best address those concerns. And, most important of all, be sure to stick with your at-home oral hygiene routine each and every day.