While Selecting Dental Products

What You Need to Know While Selecting Dental Products

When it comes to picking out dental products for your at home dental routine, it can be quite confusing. There are often dozens of different kinds of toothbrushes with different shapes, styles, and bristles. We see different flavors of toothpaste with different functions (whitening, strengthening, and even sensitivity reducing) and even the same for mouthwash. So what should you know when purchasing dental products?

Selecting a Toothbrush

When it comes to selecting a toothbrush, there is one important thing to keep in mind. Unless your dentist tells you otherwise, you should always use a soft-bristled brush. For shape and size, it should be able to reach all the teeth in your mouth and be comfortable to use.

Electronic toothbrushes can be a great option for those who have difficulty brushing and can clean your teeth better, especially if you have crowded teeth with hard to reach crevices.

Selecting a Toothpaste

When it comes to selecting toothpaste, be sure to select a flavor you enjoy. The toothpaste you use should always contain fluoride unless your dentist has stated otherwise. Fluoride can help strengthen your enamel and protect teeth from decay. Depending upon your ultimate dental goals, there are various types of toothpaste for sensitivity and even teeth whitening.

Selecting a Mouthwash

When it comes to selecting mouthwash, be sure to purchase a therapeutic mouthwash which can help aid in preventing oral health issues. These often contain fluoride or other ingredients which can help prevent decay and even gum disease. Certain “cosmetic” mouthwash products are only meant to freshen breath and often contain sugars, making them useless for optimal oral health.

Selecting a Dental Floss

When it comes to selecting dental floss, it pretty much comes down to preference and comfortability. For those with bigger gaps, thicker floss is recommended. For those with little spacing between teeth, thinner, waxed floss is recommended. If you have problems reaching certain areas of your mouth, dental picks can be a great option. However, regardless of your preference, it is important to floss daily.