To keep up good oral hygiene you need to use the best dental products. With so many options to choose from – how do you know which products are right for you? Whether it’s a powered or a manual toothbrush, you have a multitude of choices and it can be confusing. And just because a product may cost more, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best one.
Dr. Dominic Roppa, Dr. Kara Marshall-Roppa and Dr. Aimee Bachman of Smile Viera in Viera, FL want you to know how to choose the right products for your smile.
Selecting A Toothbrush
Here are a few things to consider when shopping for toothbrushes:
- Choose a toothbrush that fits your mouth and has the right length and shape to reach all of your teeth.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Most manufacturers make brushes that are soft, medium or hard-bristled. Hard-bristled brushes can damage your gums and enamel. Soft-bristled brushes are the safer option.
- Electric or battery-powered toothbrushes can clean your teeth more efficiently and easily. These toothbrushes are also a good option for individuals whose motor skills are challenged.
- Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or when they become worn, whichever comes first.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste
You should always use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and states that it has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) on the label. Fluoride strengthens the outer tooth enamel of your teeth by attracting calcium to your teeth. It als protects your teeth against cavities and harmful foods and beverages and helps to reduce dental infections and tooth decay. There are different types of toothpaste to choose from. They are:
- Tartar Control Toothpaste
- Sensitivity Toothpaste
- Whitening Toothpaste
- Toothpaste containing baking soda
- Tooth Gel
- Toothpaste made for children
If you are allergic to fluoride, you can discuss your options with your dentist or your primary care physician.
Mouthwash vs. Mouth Rinse
Many people are confused about the differences between mouthwashes and mouth rinses and believe they are the same product. They are, in fact, two entirely different products. Many types of mouthwash contain alcohol and, unless stated on the label, do not contain fluoride. These freshen your breath but do not clean your teeth.
Most mouth rinses contain fluoride and protect your teeth from the digestive acids produced by plaque build-up that cause cavities. Read the labels carefully before making your selection.
Dr. Roppa or Dr. Marshall-Roppa and the staff at Smile Viera are here to help you choose the products that are suited specifically to your needs. Consult with your Smile Viera dentist during your check-up to discuss which dental products are best for you and your family.
Call (321) 614-3833 to schedule an appointment with Smile Viera today or contact us online.