Beyond the Toothbrush: Oral Health Helpers
There’s no substitute for regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, but these oral health helpers could be great additions to your dental care routine.
These dental detectives contain a dye that stains plaque-filled areas you missed. After brushing, chew the tablet and swish for 30-60 seconds. Once you spit it out, look in the mirror to see which areas need more brushing.
For those hard-to-see areas around your teeth, a small dental mirror works wonders. Run the mini mirror under warm water to prevent it from fogging.
A tongue scraper cleans and removes debris from your tongue. Your tongue contains billions of bacteria, so a scraper removes debris and is helpful to banish bad breath. After you brush, gently move your tongue scraper in a downward motion to remove any bacteria build-up.
As an alternative to string floss, a water flosser can help with those hard-to-reach areas. A water flosser can also help protect gum tissue damage from vigorous or incorrect flossing techniques.
Around 1 in 4 adults live with dry mouth. Dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition that can affect taste, speech, and make individuals more likely to have bad breath. If you suffer from dry mouth, a mouthwash designed to help moisturize the mouth can be a life saver. Many oral rinses designed to treat dry mouth also help to freshen breath and keep symptoms at bay for hours.
How to treat stained teeth or teeth discoloration is one a common question at the dentist. Certain foods, drinks, medications, tobacco use, and aging can all lead to stained teeth. The good news is that good oral health care and seeing a dentist regularly can help prevent and remove stains. In addition, teeth whitening strips can help brighten your smile. The American Dental Association recommends Crest 3D Whitestrips because “the product is safe and has shown efficacy in whitening natural teeth when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”
It is always a good idea to talk with your dentist about which of these oral health helpers is the right fit for you.