June 30, 2017
Something people like to ask when they search for a “dentist near me” is about what they can do at home to take better care of their teeth and gums. A big part of it is making sure you have the right tools — after all, it’s hard to paint a masterpiece without a clean brush and fresh paints. To enjoy better oral health for a lifetime to come, take heed from Dr. Weinman and invest in these 4 oral care products this month. We know you’ll be glad you did.
#1: Fluoride Toothpaste
Walk down the toothpaste aisle today and you’ll be confronted with a mountain of choices — like whitening, extra whitening, tartar fighting, and the list goes on. However, the truth is there’s not really much difference between formulas. Anti-sensitivity blends can help reduce discomfort to heat and cold, and whitening might make some difference in the shade of your smile, but the main thing to look out for in any toothpaste blend is that it has fluoride. Look out for one that is approved by the American Dental Association to make sure you’re getting the full benefit of the mineral.
#2: A Soft Toothbrush
While brushing with a firm-bristled toothbrush may feel like you are getting your teeth extra clean, you could also be putting your gums at risk of injury or recession by brushing too hard. Protect your sensitive soft tissue by brushing in gentle, circular motions using a soft bristled toothbrush. Replace it every three or four months, as soon as its bristles begin to show signs of wear and tear, or after you have been sick.
#3: Electric Toothbrush
While you can theoretically achieve the very same clean with an electric toothbrush as you can with the good old fashioned kind, many people have trouble brushing for the complete two minutes, every single time. Most electric toothbrushes come with a timer to ensure you get a proper clean. It can also help to reduce the aggressive brushing that causes gum recession.
#4: A Customized Mouthguard
In addition to cleaning your teeth for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, a soft-bristled brush, and flossing daily, make sure you are protecting your smile with a customized mouthguard if you play sports or grind your teeth at night. Sports injuries are some of the most frequent causes of dental emergencies, and nighttime teeth grinding causes wear and tear on the delicate tooth enamel. Investing in a mouthguard that is custom-fitted to your unique smile is a small investment that provides significant protection over time.
Questions? Get In Touch With Us Today
Do you have remaining questions about which oral care products are best for you and your family? If so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your trusted dental team. And if it’s been longer than six months since we saw you last, don’t forget about your routine preventive care! Schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning in Westfield today.
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