|Oral Hygiene Care
|There are numerous types of oral hygiene aids on the supermarket shelves, and it can be difficult to determine which will provide the best benefit for your teeth.
Here are some of the most common oral hygiene aids for homecare:
There are many toothbrush types available. Electric toothbrushes are generally recommended by dentists because they are much more effective than manual toothbrushes. The vibrating or rotary motion of an electric toothbrush easily dislodges plaque and removes food particles from around the gums and teeth. The same result can be obtained using a manual toothbrush, but much more effort is required to do so.
Manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads should be replaced every three months because worn bristles become ineffective over time. Soft bristle toothbrushes are far less damaging to gum tissue than medium or hard bristle varieties. In addition, an appropriate sized, ADA approved toothbrush should be chosen to allow proper cleaning of teeth. Teeth should be brushed after every meal, or minimally twice a day.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene aids, please ask Dr. Crowton or one of our dental hygienists.
There are two basic types of mouth rinse available: cosmetic rinses which are sold over the counter and temporarily suppress bad breath, and therapeutic rinses which may or may not require a prescription. Most dentists are skeptical about the benefits of cosmetic rinses because several studies have shown that their effectiveness against plaque is minimal. Therapeutic rinses, however, are regulated by the FDA and contain active ingredients that can help reduce bad breath, plaque, and cavities. Mouth rinses should generally be used following brushing.
Dental floss is the most common interdental and subgingival (below the gum) cleaner and comes in a variety of types and flavors. The floss itself is made from either thin nylon filaments or polyethylene ribbons, and can help remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth. Vigorous flossing with a floss holder can cause soft tissue damage and bleeding, so great care should be taken. Floss should normally be used twice daily after brushing.
Michael L. Crowton, DDS, PC
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