The Oral Tools You Need for a Beautiful Smile
Visiting the dental care aisle can be overwhelming due to the sheer number of available products. However, you can ensure you have a bright, healthy smile with the following tools.
As you browse through the dental care aisle of your local grocer, pharmacy or big box store, you will be inundated with products guaranteeing a beautiful smile. For example, the choices of dental floss are large. Do you want traditional floss or tape? Should it be unwaxed or waxed? In addition to floss, there are oral irrigators, over the counter tooth whitening systems, mouthwashes and so much more. Finally, you will see different types of toothbrushes and tongue scrapers, all saying they will give you a beautiful white smile and a healthy mouth.
A Tool Kit for a Healthy Smile
The first thing to look for when shopping for oral products is the seal of acceptance by the American Dental Association. This seal indicates that all of the claims made by the company on their labeling and packaging has been verified as true by the American Dental Association. This means that these products are trustworthy and will do what they claim to do. This is the first thing to look for when shopping for oral care products.
Let’s take a look at that eight basic dental products that you need to maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.
1. Toothbrushes – When you are shopping for a toothbrush, you will see that there are three different hardnesses – soft, medium and hard. Most dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush because medium or hard bristled toothbrushes are too abrasive to the gums and can result in damaging your gums and cause bleeding. In addition to this, there are electric toothbrushes on the market. Many people brush their teeth using a sawing motion that is too rough. An electric toothbrush uses gentle circular motions to remove plaque and prevent scrubbing. An electric toothbrush often provides better results. This type of toothbrush is preferred by arthritis sufferers and those who have health conditions which affect their hands. Whether you use a manual or electrical toothbrush, opt for one that’s size and shape fits your mouth to ensure a comfortable, effective and easy clean.
2. Toothpaste – You want a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flouride helps to prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel on the teeth. Many kinds of toothpaste have other ingredients that help to fight plaque build-up, tartar, bad breath, gingivitis and tooth sensitivity. Other kinds of toothpaste may contain whitening agents to help make your teeth whiter. Care should be taken when using these products as the whitening agents can break down tooth enamel. If you have any questions, talk with your dentist and ask which toothpaste you should choose.
3. Dental Floss – Regular flossing is essential for healthy teeth and gums. You should floss at least once a day; however, it is recommended that you floss twice a day. Flossing helps to remove food particles that have become trapped between the teeth. These food particles can damage tooth enamel, increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay and reduce the amount of plaque between the teeth. Dental floss is available in both waxed and unwaxed. Those whose teeth are close together should opt for waxed floss or flossing tape. the products glide easily between the teeth. There are many different flavors to choose from; so, pick a flavor that you enjoy such as cinnamon or mint. If you find a floss that you like, stick with it because changing brands can cause you to avoid flossing.
4. Dental Sticks and Picks – If you are having difficulty using floss, a dental pick or a dental stick can help. These, along with mini brushes can help remove plaque in and around your tooth as well as between your teeth. Use these products gently to avoid damaging your gums or your tooth enamel.
5. Oral Irrigators – An oral irrigator blasts water between your teeth to help remove food from hard to reach areas between and around your teeth. This device is a great choice for teenagers, those with braces and fixed partial dentures. An oral irrigator does not replace regular toothbrushing or flossing. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with these products. When shopping for an oral irrigator, look for one that allows you to regulate the water pressure for best results.
6. Tooth Whitening Products – The best way to maintain a beautiful white smile is to visit your dentist and get a custom fit whitening tray. Tooth whitening products use peroxide to bleach your teeth. Over the counter products like whitening strips can give you great results; however, they are not as strong as custom fit whitening trays and products. Additionally, the whitening strips can completely cover the teeth and gums, which can cause gum sensitivity.
7. Mouthwashes and Smile Veneers – There are different types of mouthwash on the market. Each type is specialized to handle different types of dental problems. For example, some mouthwashes help to reduce plaque and the risk of gingivitis. Other mouthwashes contain additional fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Others are used to mask bad breath or moisturize your mouth. Talk with your dentist to determine the best type of mouthwash for you. There is also another option to get a great smile – smile venners. Smile veneers are some kind of tooth stickers which you can fasten on your own teeths and get a great smile. You can check our review of smile veneers on our homepage.
8. Tongue Scrapers – Your tongue is teeming with bacteria that can cause bad breath. A toothbrush cleans your teeth but does not do a good job of cleaning the tongue. Instead, opt for a tongue scraper to remove the most bacteria and lower the risk of bad breath. It is important to note that several studies have shown that cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush will remove approximately 70 percent of bacteria and lower bad breath by up to 70 percent.
Even with all the products on the market, you still need to see your dentist regularly. At your appointment, your dentist will check for cavities, gum disease, bite problems or other health issues like sleep apnea and oral cancer. Finally, cavities and dental infections often do not have any symptoms until they worsen. Seeing your dentist regularly can help to prevent these issues from worsening.
Stefan Grasic (Dipl.-Jur) A researcher with considerable experience in health related niches. While he was studying in Netherlands he used to be a part time writer for Health~Holland on-line magazine.