Oral Hygiene Aids

When it comes to oral hygiene of course coming to us for regular dental check ups is going to be a really excellent way to maintain oral hygiene and getting everything check up and seeing if there are any potential dental problems going on inside your mouth, but dental check ups are not going to be the only solution. It is vital that you maintain a very consistent oral homecare routine that can be utilized every single day in order to help you to avoid future dental illnesses or problems.

Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is one of the highest leading causes of tooth loss throughout the entire globe, and for the most part could be easily prevented. By going through your professional cleanings about twice a year and your own personal cleanings twice a day you are giving yourself an extremely high chance of destroying most if not all types of bacteria and plaque that cause dental diseases.

Because all of our supermarkets are over absorbed with all types of oral hygiene aids it is hard to know which products are going to give you the best bang for your buck and also give you the best oral health benefits.

So here are some of the more common homecare oral hygiene aids on the market that we highly recommend everyone to use regularly:

Dental Flosses

Dental floss is a really common method of cleaning out your interdental parts of your teeth and making sure that your teeth are much cleaner, and of course floss comes in all different flavors. Dental floss is typically made through a form of thin nylon or polyethylene filaments, and of course the purposes of floss is to remove extra teeth and plaque from in between your teeth. You technically should be flossing twice a day after brushing your teeth but it is also ok to floss just once a day if that is all you have time for, but still it is important to floss daily.

Interdental Cleaners

A lot of dental hygienists and professionals in the dental field will recommend that a patient should also use interdental brushes along with dental floss. These are very tiny brushes that can go in between like floss and can sometimes be even more effective then floss but should always be used as a complimentary aid to floss to get the deep plaque and bacteria out of the areas in between your teeth.

Mouth Rinses

One of the main types of mouth rinses are called cosmetic rinses, and cosmetic rinses primarily are sold over the counter and help prevent bad breath. The other major form of mouth rinse is called a therapeutic rinse and these sometimes don’t require a prescription but are sometimes more effective. Many dentists are not advocates for cosmetic rinses because studies have shown that many have little effectiveness towards oral health, but therapeutic rinses are always going to be FDA approved and will definitely help with preventing cavities and promoting general good oral health.

Oral Irrigators

Oral irrigators are products that are specifically designed to clean out the debris that occurs below your gum line by continuously spraying water from tiny little jets into gum pockets, and this is something that can definitely help out a lot when it comes to removing bacteria and other food that is stuck in your gums. Oral irrigators are known to significantly reduce a person’s risk of getting any kind of gum disease, but that doesn’t mean that it should replace brushing of flossing at all.

Rubber Tip Stimulators

A rubber tip stimulator is a tool that is really great at helping out people to remove all forms of plaque that tends to occur around the gum line, and these aid are also really good at helping you to increase the blood flow to your gums, which can of course be really healthy for your gums’ strength. What you do with this aid is simply trace the rubber tip stimulator along the outer and inner areas of your gum line on a daily basis. Just be sure to make sure that you are replacing your tip once you start to realize that the tip appears to be a little bit worn out. Also make sure that you are storing your stimulator in a cool, dry place in your home or bathroom.

Tongue Cleaners

Tongue cleaners are great tools to help you clean your tongue from all forms of bacteria, food debris and other surfaces from your tongue. A lot of times the bacteria on your tongue is what causes bad breath as well as other more serious issues like diabetes, strokes and even heart disease, so make sure your tongue cleaner is contoured to your tongue properly and that you are using every single time you brush your teeth, and make sure you brush you teeth first so you aren’t risking swallowing these bacteria particles.

Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes these days, and so it is sometimes hard to know which toothbrush is perfect for you. Dentists are now primarily only recommending electric toothbrushes because of how much more effective they can be than manual brushes. There are a lot of factors into just how or why electric toothbrushes are better than manual brushes, but it primarily consists of that amount of effort that is needed in the brushing process to remove the necessary amount of plaque from your teeth.

If you are using a manual brush you should make sure that you are consistently replacing your brush about every three months or so, and this is because many times the bristles on a manual toothbrush will wear out around this amount of time, so it is important to make sure you are using the right type of bristle with every brush you use and that by properly cleaning your teeth you can really make a difference with your oral health and that beautiful smile of yours.

If you have any questions give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out.