Maintaining good oral hygiene starts with the best dental products, but how do you know which are the best? Should you use an electric or manual toothbrush? What’s the difference between toothpaste? Dr. Doyle Freano Jr., a dentist in Lexington, KY, can recommend the best products to try, but encourages patients to explore their options and choose products that work for them.
Selecting A Toothbrush
What’s important when shopping for a toothbrush?
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Most manufacturers make brushes that are soft, medium or hard-bristled. Hard-bristled brushes are not good for your gums. Soft-bristled brushes are the better option.
- Choose a toothbrush that fits your mouth and has the right length and shape to reach all of your teeth.
- Powered toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning the teeth and make brushing easier. This is 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
There are tons of toothpaste options available, but you should always choose a toothpaste containing fluoride and which has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval on the label. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, which protects against cavities and stains. It also helps reduce tooth decay and dental infections. There are several fluoride-containing toothpastes available:
- Tartar Control Toothpaste
- Sensitivity Toothpaste
- Whitening Toothpaste
- Toothpaste containing baking soda
- Tooth Gel
- Toothpaste made for children (without fluoride)
If you are allergic to fluoride, consult Dr. Freano or your primary care physician to discuss your options.
Mouthwash vs. Mouth Rinse
Many people are confused about the differences between mouthwashes and mouth rinses. They are two entirely different products. Many types of mouthwash contain alcohol and unless stated on the label, do not contain fluoride. Mouthwashes freshen your breath but do not clean your teeth. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol are not suitable for children.
Most mouth rinses contain fluoride that will protect your teeth from acids produced by plaque build-up. Mouth rinses also help to protect against cavities. Read the labels carefully before making your selection.
Dr. Freano and his staff are here to help you choose the products that are suited specifically to your needs. Consult with Dr. Freano during your check-up to discuss which dental products are best for you and your family. Schedule your next appointment online or call 859.554.1586 today.