When it comes to selecting dental care products, many patients find it extremely intimidating. With so many kinds of toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouthwashes and even dental flosses how exactly do you choose the best one?
When it comes to selecting a toothpaste the flavor is all personal choice however we do recommend looking for a toothpaste with an American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Products which have an ADA Seal of Acceptance have met the criteria for safety and effectiveness and that the advertised claims have been supported. We also recommend only selecting toothpastes which contain fluoride as they help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Toothpastes that “teeth whiten” have been known to cause sensitivity, if you are experiencing frequent toothaches, check your toothpaste.
When it comes to selecting the perfect toothbrush for cleaning your smile, the bristles should be the main factor in your decision. Although it may seem like hard bristles would be a better choice to remove plaque and bacteria, they can actually be bad for your teeth and lead to damage. We recommend only selecting soft-bristled toothbrushes. You should also select a toothbrush that easily fits into your mouth, touching one or two teeth. If your toothbrush does not fit properly you may not be able to thoroughly clean your teeth.
There are also many types of dental floss on the market these days. For the easiest to use dental floss, we recommend looking for monofilament floss as it tends not to rip. Waxed dental floss can also make the floss slide easier between teeth, making it more comfortable.
Have a hard time reaching all of your teeth? Dental floss picks can be a great choice for those with mobility problems.
When selecting a mouthwash, make sure you do not select a “cosmetic” mouthwash/rinse. Cosmetic mouthwash is designed to freshen breath and nothing more. Therapeutic mouthwash should be selected as they prevent plaque, protect against cavities and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Have additional questions regarding the best dental products or treatment options? Feel free to contact Jeffrey Lewis D.D.S today! We’re always accepting new patients at our Houston dental office and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.