Dental Health Must-Haves to Have on Hand

If you took a survey and asked people to name the tools needed to properly care for teeth and gums, most people would say a toothbrush and floss. (Only a handful of people would actually be using that floss, too.) It’s true that brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting your dentist regularly for dental checkups and exams are the best ways to maintain oral health, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do more to ensure the health of your smile and, ultimately, your body.

Thanks to modern day science and technology, dental care and hygiene have become a lot easier. Check out these tools and tricks for caring for your smile:

  • High-Tech Toothbrushes: While a fancy, electric toothbrush isn’t necessary to thoroughly clean your teeth, many of them do have features that can make the task a little easier. Some electric toothbrushes have timers on them to let you know when you’ve brushed long enough, while others have sensors that let you know when you’re brushing too hard in order to protect your tooth enamel.
  • A Smarter Dental Floss: Once upon a time, all dental flosses were created equal, but that’s not the case anymore. Dental flosses vary in thickness, flavor, strength, and composition material, so it’s necessary that you find one that works for you. Flossing is an intregal part of maintaining oral health, so find a floss you like and stick to a daily routine.
  • Interdental Cleaners: Much like dental floss, interdental cleaners are used to clean between your teeth. These Christmas tree-shaped brushes are sold in large packs for just a few dollars and are especially useful for cleaning around braces, permanent dental appliances, and receding gums.
  • Risk-Free Rinses: Oral rinses or mouthwashes should be used as the final step in your daily oral hygiene routine. They help to clean bacteria from your inner cheeks, under your tongue, and places in your oral cavity where a toothbrush and floss can’t reach, as well as help prevent oral conditions, such as dry mouth. Look for an oral rinse with added fluoride or calcium to promote healthier teeth and gums.
  • Toothpaste for Sensitivity: If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, whether from teeth grinding or something else, consider using a toothpaste that’s designed to protect sensitive teeth. Choose a toothpaste that’s been given the ADA seal of approval to ensure that it will do what you need it to do.
  • Guard Against Grinding: If you’re one of the millions of people who grind their teeth, wake up with a sore jaw, and have worn-down biting surfaces, don’t put up with this habit any longer. Dr. LaFrom can examine your teeth and fit you for a custom nightguard to help you beat your bruxism.

For more ideas about how to keep your smile clean, healthy, and looking great, call LaFrom Dentistry in San Jose, Califonia to reserve an appointment with Dr. LaFrom.

~ by cupertinodentist on October 28, 2011.

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