As with any task in life, if you want to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible, you'll need to start with the right tools. Here's how to choose dental products that will make you smile.
How to Choose Your Toothbrush
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, you have two main options: manual or electric. Generally, electric toothbrushes are more efficient at removing plaque. When buying an electric toothbrush, make sure you choose one with a brushing timer to ensure you always brush for two minutes. The ideal brush should also have a pressure sensor that lets you know if you're brushing too hard, preventing you from damaging your enamel and gumline.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with using a manual toothbrush. If that's your preference, one of the main things to look out for is soft bristles. Many mistakenly think that hard bristles do a more thorough job, but the opposite is actually true. You should also choose a brush head size and shape that fits your mouth comfortably. Don't be afraid to buy a few cheap toothbrushes in different styles to find the best fit before investing in a better quality one.
How to Choose Your Toothpaste
With so many different types of toothpaste on the market, how can you know which one is right for you? To make your decision, take a look at your oral health. Are you suffering from any dental problems right now? Many kinds of toothpaste on the market are specifically targeted to address specific problems. Here are a few of the most popular along with who should buy them:
- Sensitive toothpaste: for those whose teeth hurt when exposed to heat, coldness, sweetness, or acids.
- Cavity protection toothpaste: for those at greater risk of cavities, such as people who suffer from acid reflux disease or dry mouth.
- Whitening toothpaste: for those who want brighter teeth without professional treatment.
- Total toothpaste: an all-round, general solution for those with no major dental health problems.
Alongside that, all kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride. The recommended level is 1,450ppmF.
How to Choose Your Dental Floss
Since your toothbrush can't read every area of your mouth, flossing between your teeth is an important part of keeping your teeth free from plaque. There are many different types of dental floss out there, but you may be surprised to know that no one floss is objectively better than another. The right one for you depends on your specific needs.
For example, if your teeth are very close together, you should choose a waxed floss. The wax gives the floss a smoother surface that slides into tight spaces easily. Conversely, if the gaps between your teeth are large, you'll be better off with dental tape (a thicker variety of floss). There are also flavoured floss brands available for those who want to freshen their breath while flossing.
For more information or recommendations, contact local general dentistry clinics.