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Arming your Mouth with the tools it needs!

With major advancements in the oral health industry, patients have more options than ever. But you don’t have to break the bank to keep your chompers healthy and clean. Follow these tips for better at-home oral health care. 

Whitening Products 

The dental health industry has made loads of dollars whitening teeth, but some products cause more harm than good. Avoid whitening toothpastes or strips that may contain silica particles that remove protective tooth layers along with the stain. These products are not customized like the whitening regimens at the dentist, so the products can be too harsh. Instead, choose a customized plan that we create for you! Your teeth will be better protected and pearly white. 

The Perfect Tools 

With options ranging from hard to ultra-soft bristles, many patients believe they need to use a toothbrush that is specialized for their needs. Instead, we almost always advise choosing toothbrushes with ultra-soft bristles. Hard bristles can destroy your gums and cause irreversible damage. In that same vein, be very careful not to use a toothpick or wedge floss against your gums to avoid pain, abrasion, and damage. Instead, glide the floss gently through your teeth. If your gums are bleeding, there may be a problem with your tools. 

To Fluoride or Not to Fluoride? 

What you use on your tools can be just as important as the tools themselves. Opt for toothpaste with fluoride to prevent tooth rot and cavities, but if you choose not to use fluoride, look for toothpaste with a high concentration of xylitol. This additive can protect the mouth from tooth decay. If you have temperature-sensitivity issues, choose a sensitivity-based toothpaste to actively fight it. There are even options for patients who suffer from dry mouth, those who struggle to maintain oral health, cancer patients, and patients with special needs. As for your kiddos, children’s toothpaste is great for those who struggle with spitting, but once your child has the brushing routine down, they can begin to use higher-strength adult toothpaste. 

When it comes to your oral health, finding what is going to work best for you and your family is the key to success. Inquire with our dental experts about the best tools for you at your next appointment!

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