Navigating the Oral Hygiene Aisle

Maintaining good oral hygiene starts with choosing the right dental products for your needs. There are so many to choose from, and it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed in the oral health aisle! Sterling, VA family dental practice Ridgetop Dental can help you figure out what dental products are right for you. Remember, just because it’s more expensive or comes in fancy packaging doesn’t mean it’s the best one!

Selecting A Toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are the same. 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 brush. Most manufacturers make brushes that are soft, medium or hard-bristled. Hard-bristled brushes are often uncomfortable and are not good for your gums. Soft-bristled brushes are the better option.
  • Electric 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 six months or when they become worn, whichever comes first. A good way to remember this is to change them after every six-month dental checkup.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Fluoride is an important compound in toothpaste because it strengthens tooth enamel and can even reverse early signs of tooth decay and prevent dental infections. You should always use a toothpaste containing fluoride and has the ADA-accepted label on the packaging.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, often does not contain fluoride

If you are allergic to fluoride, consult Dr. X or your primary care physician to discuss your options.

Mouthwash vs. Mouth Rinse

Did you know there is a difference between mouthwash and mouth rinse? Many types of mouthwash contain small amounts of alcohol and often do not contain fluoride. They are used to freshen breath, but do not actually clean your teeth.

A mouth rinse, on the other hand, contains fluoride to protect teeth against acids produced by plaque buildup. Mouth rinses clean your teeth and can help protect against cavities. Read the label carefully before making your selection.

Product Recommendations

Dr. Datta Malyavantham and the staff at Ridgetop Dental are here to help you choose the products that are suited specifically to your needs. Consult with us during your check-up to discuss which dental products are best for you and your family.

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