Dental Care Products

There are so many dental care products on the market that choosing between them can be difficult and confusing.

Here are some suggestions for choosing dental care products that will work best for you:

Automatic toothbrushes such as the Oral-B Braun and Sonicare are safe and effective for most patients. Water spraying devices such as the Waterpik may flush away food debris between teeth but will do little to remove plaque. However, patients with braces find the Waterpik very helpful in removing food between their braces.

Fluoride toothpastes and fluoride mouth rinses in conjunction with proper brushing and flossing can greatly reduce the occurrence of cavities. However, these rinses are not recommended for children under six years of age. Tartar control toothpastes can help reduce tartar build-up, but proper brushing and flossing are still essential. 

Over-the-counter whitening products generally use abrasives or bleaching agents to whiten teeth. Products with abrasives should be avoided, because abrasives can wear down the enamel on teeth over time. Products with a bleaching agent often produce variable results and are not as safe or effective as professional bleaching.

Mouthwashes can give you a temporary fresh feeling in your mouth but do little to prevent chronic bad breath or gum disease. The best way to keep your breath fresh and your gums healthy is to brush and floss daily, including brushing your tongue.