These 3 Products Are Like Having Your Dentist at Home!
We love that fresh, clean feeling we get after a dental checkup. We almost wish our teeth could feel like that every day!
But since our dentist can’t meet us in the bathroom every morning, we need to settle for our own at-home routine. Here are three must-have products that can help you achieve a dentist-worthy clean:
1. Electric Toothbrush
The key to brushing effectively is proper technique and regular use—whether it’s a manual or electric toothbrush. But here’s where electric has the upper bristle:
- Consistent speed and pressure: Electric brushes can reduce plaque by 21% and help prevent gum disease, according to one study.
- Easier to use: This is especially helpful for children, or people struggling with arthritis.
- More fun = more incentive to brush!
Don’t want to drop dollars on an electric toothbrush? No worries! Just make sure your manual toothbrush meets expectations. Choose one with soft bristles.
2. Fluoridated Toothpaste
Professional fluoride treatments offer extra protection against decay, but are not necessary beyond your regular checkup. However, make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, a natural mineral known to help strengthen tooth enamel.
What else should you be considering for your toothpaste? Dentists say to look for brands that are not overly abrasive, as too much abrasion can cause enamel damage and tooth sensitivity. Also, avoid pastes containing a sugary flavoring agent, as those can cause cavities.
3. Interdental Brushes
Not everyone loves to floss! If you hate flossing, dentists recommend replacing (or supplementing, for you overachievers!) this daily habit with interdental brushing. When used correctly, these small brushes remove more plaque and make contact with more surface area than flossing alone. Bonus: This method also reduces bleeding for those with sensitive gums.
When in doubt, look for products with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval. Happy cleaning!