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How to Choose Your Weapons for the War on Tooth Decay

April 25, 2015

Get advice on selecting dental care products for home use.

How to Choose Your Weapons for the War on Tooth DecayIf you want your teeth and gums to stay healthy and pain-free, proper oral hygiene at home is absolutely essential. Brushing and flossing every day helps control populations of plaque bacteria that would otherwise cause tooth decay, gum disease, and even potentially tooth loss. However, in order for your efforts to be well spent, you not only need proper brushing and flossing technique, you also need quality dental care products. Here are some tips for choosing yours.

Choosing a Toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, it is very important to choose one that is easy to hold and that can reach all the way to the back of your last molars. Angled heads are sometimes useful for this purpose. Also, if you are prone to brushing very vigorously, be sure to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will help prevent your aggressive brushing from contributing to enamel erosion or irritating your gums. Remember to replace your toothbrush every few months or when the bristles begin to look frayed.

Choosing a Toothpaste

The most important consideration for choosing a toothpaste is whether it has been given a seal of approval by the American Dental Association. This shows that the product has been reviewed by the experts at the ADA and you can trust all the information on the package to be complete and accurate. Among ADA approved toothpastes, look for a product that will control plaque and tartar. If you have sensitive teeth, choose a toothpaste that helps with remineralization rather than just deadening pain.

Choosing Dental Floss

Dental floss is not a complicated product, and you really don’t have too many choices to worry about here. If you have tight spaces between your teeth, you should choose a waxed floss to help make flossing easier. You may also want to purchase floss picks to make it easier to floss between back teeth.

Choosing a Mouthwash

Many people enjoy using mouthwash for a fresh feeling after brushing and flossing, but it is important to realize that with some mouthwashes, the benefits end here. If you want your mouthwash to help fight gum disease, you need to choose a product with specific antibacterial properties. If you suffer from chronic or severe gum disease, ask your dentist to help you choose the right mouthwash for your home care.

Choosing a Dentist

Good oral hygiene at home is important, but so is visiting the dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and exams. If you’re looking for a new dentist, please contact California Dental Group today.

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