To make the most of your daily dental hygiene, it’s important to be armed with the best tools for your particular needs. Everyone’s mouth is different – and because of this, there is a multitude of dental items to choose from, to ensure every mouth gets the best care.
Toothbrushes – Shopping for a toothbrush can be overwhelming. There are so many options now – manual or electric, soft bristles or hard, not to mention different shapes, colours, and sizes. Bristle type is a good place to start, and most dentists recommend using soft bristles for gentle and effective brushing. If you don’t feel that your manual brushing is cleaning your teeth as well as it could, try going electric for a more thorough job. From there, the style and colours of your toothbrush all come down to your personal tastes!
Toothpastes – Much like toothbrushes, there are endless different toothpastes available. But the benefit is that it’s easy to find one that suits your exact dental needs. In any drug store you can find toothpastes for whitening, sensitive teeth, tartar control, high-fluoride, and options that include more than one of these. For more help, use this blog post as a guide.
Floss – Luckily, floss is an easy one – your main choices are waxed, unwaxed, mint, or unflavoured. Waxed is most popular, as it makes it easier for the floss to get in between teeth properly. If you’re new to flossing, here is a post to help you get started.
Mouthwash – Not everyone uses mouthwash in their daily routine, and that’s perfectly ok. But for those who do, it’s good to know in advance what you’re using it for. Some mouthwashes only serve as a minty breath freshener, while others kill bacteria on your mouth.
Tongue Scraper – This is another optional one, as not everyone needs to use a tongue scraper in their daily dental routine. If bad breath is an issue for you, a tongue scraper can be quite helpful. This tool slides along the tongue, removing the bacteria that can often be seen as a white filmy substance.
When you’re unsure of which dental tools would benefit you most, it’s always a smart idea to ask your dentist what they would recommend. At Southeast Dental in Markham, our dentist and dental team are more than happy to answer any questions and help you make the most effective choices. Book your next check-up today, via phone at 905-471-2002 or online through our appointment form.