In order to maintain good oral hygiene you need to use the best dental products. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which products are the best for your dental health? Whether it’s a powered or a manual toothbrush, you have a variety of choices that can confuse you. And just because a product may cost more doesn’t always mean that it’s the best product or the right choice for you. Dr. Rajeev Upadya and his associates, Dr. Ira Goldberg and Dr. Anthony Pinadella, of Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry in East Hanover, NJ want you to be educated about how to select the best products for the health of your smile.
Selecting A Toothbrush
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 not good for your gums. Soft-bristled brushes are the better option.
- Powered 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 three months or when they become worn, whichever happens first.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste
You should always use a toothpaste that has fluoride added and bears the ADA seal of approval on the label. Fluoride strengthens the outer tooth enamel of your teeth by drawing more of the minerals that build tooth enamel to your teeth. It helps protect your teeth against cavities and the harmful sugar in foods and beverages. It also helps to reduce dental infections and tooth decay. 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
If you are allergic to fluoride, consult your dentist or your primary care physician to discuss your alternatives.
Mouthwash vs. Mouth Rinse
Many people are confused about the differences between mouthwashes and mouth rinses. Some assume they are the one in the same but they are actually two entirely different products. Many types of mouthwash contain alcohol and unless stated on the label, do not contain fluoride. Mouthwashes are really intended to freshen your breath, not to clean your teeth. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol are not suitable for children.
Most mouth rinses contain fluoride that will protect your teeth from acids produced bacteria, preventing tooth decay and cavities. Read the labels carefully before making your selection.
The staff at Metropolitan Dentistry are here to help you choose the products that are suited specifically to your needs. Consult with your dentist during your next check-up to discuss which dental products are best for you and your family. If you are in the East Hanover, NJ area and would like a personal consultation with Dr. Upadya, Dr. Goldberg or Dr. Pinella at Metropolitan Dentistry, call (973) 287-3153 or schedule with us online today.