Your at-home oral hygiene routine is your first defense against cavities, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right dental products. With so many different varieties of every product to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? How do you choose between electric and manual toothbrushes? What’s the difference between mouth rinse and mouthwash? It’s clear that you have a lot of decisions when it comes to your oral hygiene products.
Nicholas F. Gardner Family Dental Care offers comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages in our Gouverneur, NY 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 basic but important choices you must make in the oral hygiene aisle is which toothpaste to use. Most toothpaste brands contain fluoride, which helps strengthen the tooth enamel in order to prevent cavities. Using products with fluoride added can reduce dental infections and reverse early signs of tooth decay, so you’ll want to make sure you choose a toothpaste containing fluoride. However, even if you’re allergic to fluoride, you can still find a toothpaste that will suit your needs.
There are several different types of toothpaste to choose from, including:
- Sensitive teeth
- Tartar control
- Toothpaste made for children
- Baking soda
- Tooth gel
Consult Dr. Gardner or your area dentist to see which toothpaste is right for you.
Selecting A Toothbrush
Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a new toothbrush:
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Most manufacturers make brushes that are soft, medium or hard-bristled. Hard-bristled brushes can damage your gums. Soft-bristled brushes are the gentler, safer 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 wear out, whichever comes first.
- Electric toothbrushes clean your teeth more effectively and easily. These toothbrushes are also a good option for individuals who struggle with motor skills.
Mouthwash vs. Mouth Rinse
Are you aware that mouth rinse and mouthwash 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 tooth enamel against acids produced by oral bacteria and plaque build-up. Since they contain fluoride, they help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Make sure you read labels carefully before you buy!
Dr. Gardner and his staff are here to help you choose the products that are suited specifically to your needs. Consult with him or your area dentist during your check-up to discuss which dental products are best for you and your family. If you are in the Gouverneur, NY area and would like a consultation with Dr. Gardner, schedule your appointment online or give us a call at (315) 203-1772.