dental health – Tips & advice
Tip 1 – Brushing
How to pick a good toothbrush:
- Look for soft-medium bristles – Soft bristles will be fine for most people, harder bristles can damage the teeth or gums.
- Get a long handle – You should use a standard size toothbrush, not something smaller like a travel-sized toothbrush. This will give you the reach you need.
- Properly sized toothbrush head – If you’re really picky, make sure the tooth brush head is at least a half-inch wide and an inch tall (don’t bother bringing a measuring tape to the grocery store, you can just eyeball it).
- Go electric – Electric toothbrushes are a much better option than standard brushes. If you’re on a budget, you can usually find them for $15.00 or less, we recommend getting a rechargeable brush though as you will be spending less on batteries.
Tip 2 – Flossing
Here is what you should look for when picking a dental floss:
- Floss thickness – Depending on the gap sizes in your teeth you may need a thinner or thicker floss.
- Floss pick – You may not be able to fit dental floss in your teeth, you might not have a wide enough gap, or if you have limited dexterity in your hands, you can choose a floss pick. There are different options for floss picks so choose the one that works for you.
- Floss flavour – There are a variety of different floss flavours to make flossing more enjoyable, you can also fine non-flavoured floss as well if you prefer no flavour.
Tip 3 – Mouthwash
How to pick your mouthwash:
- Flouride – Mouthwashes with fluoride will do a better job at killing bacteria and preventing gum disease.
- Alcohol content – Pick an amount suitable for you. If you have children, or if anyone using it has any history with drinking problems no alcohol would be best.
- Flavour – Pick a flavour you enjoy, it’s best to use mouthwash at the end of the routine so you should pick a flavour that you like.
Tip 4 – Be aware!
Generally, we recommend patients get a checkup 2 times a year, every 6 months.
Stains are never good, but if you partake in activities like drinking coffee, smoking, or chewing tobacco, you are almost definitely going to see more stains on your teeth than average. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are damaged, but it could be an indicator things are going to get worse.
Yes! You can get take-home whitening kits, or get them professionally treated by a dentist. Using “teeth whitening” toothpaste and washes can also help over time.