OPTIMAL ORAL HEALTH STARTS IN YOUR BATHROOM
The counters, cabinets and drawers of your bathroom are probably full of products for your skin and hair that make you look great, but do you have the right products for a healthy mouth? While visiting your dentist in Niles, OH at least twice per year for professional cleanings is critical, your oral health is largely dictated by how well you look after your mouth at home when you’re on your own. The team at DentalWorks – Eastwood Niles wants to make sure everyone in Niles, OH has the essential products for a terrific home oral care routine: a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Read on to discover more about each important oral care product and the way to select the best ones for what you want and need.
An essential part of any oral health routine is a good toothbrush. Whether you pick a manual or electric toothbrush, make sure you’re using it twice per day and replacing the brush or brush head every three months or earlier if the bristles are worn.
- MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH
A manual toothbrush is the least expensive option to keep your teeth clean. For most people, dentist recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small head to lightly brush your teeth; however, each person should choose whatever size and shape they find most comfortable. For infants and children, buy a toothbrush that is recommended for their age range.
- ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH
For people in Niles, OH who have trouble holding or using a manual toothbrush plus anyone who wishes to get cleaner teeth with less work, an electric toothbrush is a great investment. You can typically find an electric toothbrush (either battery-powered or rechargeable) that suits your budget depending on what features you are looking for. Most electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer that will make it much easier to brush for a full two minutes. Many electric toothbrushes for kids will even play a song that may make it much easier to get your children to brush.
A dental health product too many people skip, flossing is extremely important to the health of your teeth and gums. Flossing daily will help remove plaque and debris from between teeth to reduce your risk of common issues like cavities and gum disease. If you are not a fan of traditional floss, there are other alternatives. You might prefer floss picks or an electric flosser. If the spacing between some of your teeth are too tight for floss, you may need to talk to your dentist in Niles, OH about an orthodontic treatment that will correct the spacing and alignment of your teeth.
- TRADITIONAL WOVEN FLOSS
Traditional floss comes on a case in either waxed or unwaxed. Cut off 18 inches (about the length of your elbow to your fingertips) and wrap each end around your index fingers. Gently push the line of floss between each of your teeth, switching to a clean section of floss for each tooth.
- FLOSS PICKS
If you have trouble holding or using traditional floss, floss picks may be a better choice. Usually, a small handle pre-loaded with a taut line of floss, floss picks are often preferred by adults with arthritis and children. The floss pick should be used to clean in between every tooth.
- INTERDENTAL BRUSH
Felt by some to be significantly more effective than traditional floss, an interdental brush is a fantastic choice for daily cleaning. Interdental brushes look like pipe cleaners with soft bristles attached to a small handle. These brushes come in several sizes, so you may have to try out a few to find one that fits comfortably between all of your teeth. Interdental brushes can be rinsed and reused.
- ELECTRIC FLOSSER
For people with metal braces and those who don’t like regular floss, an electric flosser may be a great investment. There are quite a few different brands in stores and online with lots of features. You’ll need to do research to determine which type is right for you. Also known as oral irrigators, most electric flossers are classified as either water or air flossers. A water flosser employs a steady stream of water while an air flosser employs a smaller amount of water mixed with air, which you focus on the spaces between each of your teeth. Used correctly, an electric flosser can be as effective as traditional floss in removing plaque and reducing the chance of gum disease.
When you go to the store, you might be overwhelmed with options in toothpaste — all the different brands, features, and flavors. Unless your dentist in Niles, OH has suggested a specific toothpaste or prescribed a toothpaste, you can choose whatever you want. You may consider trying a whitening toothpaste or one that’s specially formulated to decrease tooth sensitivity. Try different brands and tastes to find the toothpaste you like best. For children, it is necessary to choose a toothpaste for kids since they are safe if accidentally swallowed. Sometimes, people may have an allergic reaction to the flavor, fluoride, or gluten in the toothpaste. If you have severely chapped lips (cheilitis) or a rash around your mouth, try a different toothpaste and also ask your doctor about allergy testing to detect the specific problem.
To further enhance both the look of your smile plus your oral health, add mouthwash to your routine. Different mouthwashes are available over-the-counter to freshen your breath, fight cavities, whiten your teeth, reduce tooth sensitivity, and more. A travel-sized mouthwash is fantastic to take with you to work or school so you can rinse away debris and bacteria after eating. After a procedure, such as a tooth extraction, your Niles, OH dentist may prescribe an antibiotic mouthwash to help eliminate or prevent a bacterial infection.
Be prepared for last-minute vacation with travel-sized mouthwash, floss, and toothpaste to go with your toothbrush. No matter what else you bring, every outfit goes with fresh breath and a beautiful smile!
THE RIGHT STUFF FOR YOUR SMILE
Make sure you’re taking good care of your smile at home with the right products. If you are not sure what products to choose, ask your Niles, OH dentist. At DentalWorks – Eastwood Niles, our team helps each patient with product recommendations as well as demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques. Schedule an oral health exam and cleaning for yourself and every member of your family at our practice in Niles, OH to get help customizing your home oral care regimen.