Tips to selecting dental hygiene products

Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush

With so many types of tooth brushes available in the market and each product promoting theirs as the best, deciding on the best one for yourself can be confusing. Look out for these while selecting your toothbrush

Soft-bristles – The toothbrush you select should have soft bristles. Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth and along the gum line. Hard bristles can wear off your tooth enamel faster. This can cause increased sensitivity to hot cold and certain types of food items.

Head size – Pick a toothbrush with a head size that fits comfortably in your mouth and can brush one or two teeth at a time.

Powered toothbrushes versus regular brushes –Powered toothbrushes clean no better than the normal brushes. But powered brushes can be fun to use. Children can be very well motivated to brush their teeth with these brushes.Powered brushes are helpful in kids with braces or uneven teeth. Powered brushes are of immense help in people who need assistance with brushing or in people lacking fine motor skills.

Don’t forget to replace your brush when the bristles fray. This also is true for the powered brushes, where you have to replace the head of the brush(usually once in 3 months). Remember always to replace your toothbrush after an illness.

Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist if you are still undecided about the brush to use.

If you are looking for the kids brush, then select a brush with the following features

  • Soft bristles (for gentle cleaning)
  • Very small heads (designed for baby teeth)
  • Large handles (easier for children to grasp)

 

Tips for Choosing Toothpaste

Again, with so many products to choose from, selecting the right toothpaste can be daunting.

Kid’s toothpaste – When buying toothpaste for your child, look for one that contains fluoride and has an appealing taste.

Adult toothpaste –When selecting the toothpaste for yourself, remember the purpose of using the paste. If its for tooth whitening or tooth sensitivity, then select the paste accordingly. Some of you can be comfortable with gel pastes for their feel and flavour. Avoid using pastes with coarse abrasives, as these can wear off you teeth with time. Dentists recommend that you change the brand of your pastes once in 3 months. A fluoridated tooth paste is good for you, also to strengthen the tooth.

Tips for choosing a mouthwash

A mouth wash is an antibacterial rinse to kill bacteria in your mouth. The best and the cheapest mouth wash is the warm salt water rinses. However, your dentist can prescribe certain antibacterial mouth rinses to you for specific needs. You will have to use them after a gum surgery or in adults with braces to maintain better oral hygiene. However, long term use of certain mouthwashes is not recommended. A mouthwash containing chlorhexidine can cause staining of teeth and leave behind a metallic taste in the mouth on prolonged use. Some dentists can advise oil pulling for healthier gums and mouth. Consult your dentist or dental hygienist on the right mouth wash to suit your needs.

Tips for choosing a floss

A dental floss is an interdental cleaning aid to remove plaque from between your teeth. Floss is available as waxed or unwaxed, flavoured, as superfloss, as a dispenser or with a floss holder. You can select a floss that you are comfortable using. All types of floss serve well to do the interdental cleaning.

Tips for choosing Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are miniature brushes to clean between teeth. They are available in various sizes. Your dentist will recommend a specific size according you need. Don’t forget to talk to your dentist or dental hygienist for further assistance.