With all the fancy dental hygiene tools on the market right now, even diligent consumers can be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices. But which ones are really necessary and which ones just appeal to dental neuroses? Read this article to find out!
The Basics: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Dental Floss
Of all the stuff they want to sell you on these days, these three tools are simply irreplaceable. Sure, you can opt for one of those fancy, vibrating, laser-guided toothbrushes, but a simply toothbrush used correctly will do the job just as well. One word of caution, you might want to think about staying away from “hard” bristled brushes. They’re too abrasive on your gums and soft-bristled brushes work just as well.
Toothpaste is also a vital weapon in the war on tooth decay. You want to choose a toothpaste that does not have any additives. The only additive you need is fluoride which strengthens tooth enamel. Whitening toothpastes have additives that can actually break down tooth enamel. In this case, simpler is better. Avoid additives.
Flossing daily is also necessary for healthy teeth and healthy gums. Flossing gets rid of those particles that get stuck between your teeth and become plaque. Those with tightly spaced teeth should consider waxed floss, but no one floss is better than the other.
The Best Dental Care Products: Picks, Teeth Whiteners, Mouthwash, and Tongue Scrapers
We mention all of these because they have their place in your overall dental health but are not as important as brushes, paste, and floss.
Today, you can find picks that look like toothpicks, mini-toothbrushes, or even water picks. Water picks are among the more popular variations of dental picks but are not considered to be a replacement for flossing. Those who have difficulty flossing should ask their dentist about alternatives. Using a water pick to help with flossing is a good idea. But using a water pick instead of flossing is a bad one.
Similarly, mouthwash can help prevent diseases like gingivitis. But different mouthwashes tackle different dental problems. So you’ll want to read the label carefully. Additionally, while mouthwash can provide added support to brushing and flossing, it cannot replace them.
For those who are using teeth-whitening products, be careful. You should talk to your dentist before doing it yourself. The majority of teeth-whitening products contain some kind of peroxide which can actually harm your tooth enamel. So while your teeth may be pearly white in the short term, you’re actually breaking down the material that makes them white. If you’ve ever wondered why older people have yellower teeth even when they’ve diligently maintained them all their lives, it’s because you lose enamel as you get older. You don’t want to expedite that process.
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