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Choosing the Right Daily Oral Care Tools

September 15, 2016
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Posted By: Dr. Shane Ruggless
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We all know that at-home oral care is extremely important to your oral health, but also to your overall health. But choosing from the wide array of dental tools available today can be tricky. Finding the best options for your needs helps to ensure that you are able to clean your teeth properly at home, and helps you stay healthy! 

Your Toothbrush

When choosing your toothbrush, the major difference between options are the bristles. Most dentists recommend soft bristles for both adults and children. Contrary to popular belief, harder bristles do not remove or clean better, and they can actually damage your teeth and gums. Softer bristles are particularly important if you have sensitive teeth or gums. You also want to make sure you choose a brush with a head that comfortably fits into your mouth so that you can reach each tooth when brushing!

You can also choose a powered toothbrush, which often helps to clean teeth more effectively. Power brushes can also help if you struggle with traditional brushing due to any physical constraints. 

Your Toothpaste

Your dentist or dental hygienist is a great resource when it comes to toothpaste. Depending on your oral health, your dentist may recommend a specific type of toothpaste to best assist you in getting healthy. Otherwise, another great way to choose a type of toothpaste is to look for options with the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. The ADA has a specific set of requirements for safety and effectiveness, so if you see a product with this seal, you can feel confident that is a quality option for your at home care. 

Your Mouthwash

Many people think that mouthwash simply helps to keep fresh breath, but if you choose the right options for mouthwash, it can also help to prevent gum disease. Be sure to choose a bacteria fighting rinse to help prevent buildup that can lead to periodontal issues. 

Dentist Springfield IL

If you have any questions about your at-home care tools, the best option is to visit a dentist for a consultation. Upon reviewing your oral health, your dentist can help you choose the best products for your unique needs. Don't hesitate to contact our office today for more information, or to schedule an appointment with our team. We look forward to helping you get a healthy, happy smile!

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