Oral Care Products
We are always asked for recommendations on various types of oral care products. This list would include toothbrushes, toothpastes, flosses, and oral rinses.
The dental marketplace is a billion dollar industry, so companies spend a lot of money advertising products to consumers. Let's try to make some sense of it.
A toothbrush is our first line of defense against cavities and gum disease. Most patients with instruction and practice can do a more than acceptable job with a manual brush. We always want to use a soft bristle brush, as a medium or hard bristle brush will damage tooth structure. We recommend electric brushes to our patients that struggle with oral hygiene. The major brands are Sonicare and Oral B. For patients with dexterity issues, an electric brush is a great choice.
It seems when looking at a toothpaste ad that they must possess magic ingredients to achieve all the benefits they promise. For the most part they over promise and underdeliver. Fluoride remains one of the few ingredients that has proven to be effective overtime. We would recommend using a toothpaste that you enjoy the taste of and would avoid paying extra for ones that promise whitening or a reduction in periodontal disease.
Flossing can be difficult for most patients to master. We recommend floss aids that make the task much easier. There are two main types of floss, waxed and unwaxed. Waxed floss makes it easier to slide the floss between the teeth. Unwaxed floss gives you more feedback when scraping it along the tooth surface to remove more plaque.
A mouth rinse can be a adjunct in keeping a mouth healthy. It follows brushing and flossing in importance and will not replace either one. A rinse will help reduce bacteria in the mouth and will have a short term effect on improving malordor.
Oral care products can be confusing when trying to figure out which are most effective. Dr Wildung and staff at Family Care Dentistry in Mesa, AZ, are happy to give you the advice you need to keep your oral health at its best. With the right preventative home care, along with consistent office visits, you can keep your teeth healthy and problem free for a lifetime of smiles.