Your at-home oral hygiene routine is the most important defense against cavities, so you need to make sure you’re using the right dental products. With so many to choose from, how do you know what’s right for you? Between electric and manual toothbrushes, to the difference between mouth rinse and mouthwash, you have a lot of decisions when it comes to your oral hygiene.
Valley Dental Health offers comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages in our Cockeysville, MD dentist office. Learn more about how to select the dental products that are right for you and your family.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste
One of the most important choices you must make in the oral hygiene aisle is which toothpaste to use. Most toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps strengthen the tooth enamel, helping you prevent cavities. It can reduce dental infections and reverse early signs of tooth decay, so you’ll want to make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. If you’re allergic to fluoride, you can still find a toothpaste that suits your needs.
There are several different types of toothpaste to choose from:
- Sensitive teeth
- Tartar control
- Toothpaste made for children
- Baking soda
- Tooth gel
Talk to your dentist to see what toothpaste is right for you.
Selecting A Toothbrush
Here are a few things to consider when shopping for toothbrushes:
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Most manufacturers make brushes that are soft, medium or hard-bristled. Hard-bristled brushes are not good for your gums. Soft-bristled brushes are the better option.
- Choose a toothbrush that fits your mouth and has the right length and shape to reach all of your teeth.
- Toothbrushes should be replaced every six months or when they become worn, whichever comes first.
- Electric toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning the teeth and make brushing easier. This is also a good option for individuals who struggle with motor skills.
Mouthwash vs. Mouth Rinse
Did you know that mouth rinse and mouth wash are two entirely different products? Most mouthwash contains alcohol, not fluoride, and only freshen your breath without really cleaning the teeth. The mouthwashes that contain alcohol are not suitable for children.
Mouth rinse, on the other hand, typically contains fluoride and will help protect teeth against acids produced by oral bacteria and plaque build-up. Since they contain fluoride, they help strengthen teeth and prevent against cavities.
Make sure you read labels carefully!
The staff at Valley Dental Health are here to help you choose the products that are suited specifically to your needs. Consult with your dentist during your check-up to discuss which dental products are best for you and your family. Schedule your appointment online or give us a call at (410) 803-5587.