With advanced technology and dentistry, you have many friends who can aid you in better oral care and dental hygiene. Other than your friendly dentists, of course.
While nothing can replace regular dental visits and checkups, consistent oral care can reduce the frequency of these visits needed. It can also help you avoid dental problems arising for various reasons.
Choosing the right dental hygiene tools can help you in achieving the best of your dental health easily and conveniently. Perfect dental health does not take up a lot of time and convenience, but it certainly requires you to be consistent with simple everyday practices.
When you choose the right equipment that is gentle and cleans your teeth, your dental and overall health will improve.
Here is a list of commonly used dental hygiene tools and how you should pick the ones for your needs.
Picking up the Best Oral hygiene tools
Starting with the basics, the toothbrush is the number one thing when anyone thinks of dental health.
Though we do not advise skipping any dental routine, but let’s face it – Brushing is the one part of your dental care routine that you won’t miss any day.
This is why you need to pick the best toothbrush.
While picking the best toothbrush, try to choose a toothbrush with a smaller head so that you can access all parts of your mouth without any difficulty.
Bonus tip- Choose a round-headed toothbrush for extra accessibility.
One thing you need to keep in mind with respect to brushing is that overbrushing is also not good for your teeth as it can erode the natural enamel.
Make sure to pick a toothbrush that has comfortably soft bristles so that you are not hard on the enamel of your teeth and the gums as well.
Lastly, you also need to consider the grip of your toothbrush. If the grip is not right, it will be difficult for you to apply pressure on areas where you need that extra effort to clean properly.
Consider using an electric toothbrush if your manual accessibility is low due to any other problem. An electric toothbrush might be more expensive, but if you are unable to access all parts of your mouth, an electric toothbrush will come as a great help.
Everyone knows that toothpaste contains cleaning agents that help you in cleaning your mouth effectively. But did you know that it also helps to reduce friction while brushing?
Like any other product you ingest or apply topically, check your toothbrush’s ingredient list with great care. This helps you avoid brands that have any ingredients that you might be allergic to.
A rule of thumb while choosing the best toothpaste is to always look for fluoride. Fluoride makes your teeth resistant to decay and cavities. Also, look for the seal of acceptance from ADA to make sure that the amount of fluoride used in making the toothpaste is within acceptable limits.
Some toothpaste brands also make use of ingredients that might be abrasive to people having sensitive teeth. Try to avoid ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride if you have sensitive teeth.
Bonus tip: If you are looking for a toothpaste specifically to whiten your teeth, consider ingredients such as calcium peroxide and carbamide peroxide. (Not for sensitive teeth.)
There are a few ingredients from which you need to maintain a distance as well. Ingredients such as triclosan which affect even the good bacteria in your mouth and in turn harm your digestion, should be avoided.
There are places where your toothbrush just can not reach. For those areas of your mouth, there is floss.
Regular flossing helps avoid major dental problems such as cavities, gum diseases, and bad breath. You need to pay attention to flossing as much as you do to brushing and other parts of your dental care routine.
You should pick the right floss for you, considering the thickness or the thinness of the average gap between your teeth.
Also, make sure to look for the ADA seal of acceptance in your floss as well.
Bonus tip: If you are struggling with making kids inculcate the habit of flossing every day, consider flavored flosses.
- Tongue cleaners
Most bacteria which includes the good bacteria required for healthy digestion of food, live on your tongue. This also means your tongue might breed some bad bacteria as well, which can cause issues like bad breath.
Tongue cleaners gently scrape your tongue’s surface to get rid of harmful bacteria. This helps in better digestion of food, improved breath, and removal of unwanted harmful bacteria.
You can choose a plastic or a metal tongue cleaner according to your convenience. What matters the most is that you stick to your tongue cleaning routine consistently every day.
You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your tongue. A toothbrush can be used to clean not just the tongue but also places like your inner cheeks and the roof of the mouth. It will also feel gentler in comparison to a tongue scraper.
Make sure to clean your tongue as often as you brush your teeth.
Choosing the best oral hygiene tool is still an easy task; sticking to your dental care routine daily is the deciding factor in your overall dental health.
Your best friend in maintaining the perfect oral hygiene
No amount of dental care equipment can do what a regular dentist visit routine can.
At Berkers Family Dentistry, we believe in making dental care a fear-less and friendly routine for you.
All our treatments are designed to keep the comfort and convenience of our patients in mind.
We provide cosmetic, diagnostic, preventative, drill less, endodontic, and periodontic services. We have a friendly team of dental hygienists and professional dental assistants.
We would love to make your smile stand out in the crowd. You can schedule a free consultation call with us, and we can assist you with all your dental queries.