Choosing the right toothbrush, floss, and other products for your smile

Choosing the Right Toothbrush, Floss, and other Products for your Smile

To maintain a healthy smile, patients must be prudent about using the right products to clean their teeth and gums. You may find yourself in the local drugstore in the oral care aisle, considering the right toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss to do so. This can be overwhelming for many, so it is always a good idea to speak to your dentist about the right dental products for your unique needs. Dr. Nicolas Dovey of Del Sur Ranch Dental in San Diego, CA can assist individuals in choosing oral hygiene products that fit their dental situation.

What is the importance of finding the right dental products?

If you’re not using the right dental products, you may not be addressing specific issues or concerns you may have. For example, if you have experienced enamel erosion, you will want to look for products that have fluoride to help in hardening the teeth and strengthening them. Alternatively, if you have teeth that are incredibly sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages, you may need a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Dr. Nicolas Dovey can guide patients to the right products for their needs to ensure they have a healthy smile that functions at its best and gives them relief from any discomfort they may experience.

How to choose the right toothbrush

Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Teeth with smaller heads make it easier to reach further back and brush the molars that can be hard to keep clean. Patients may want to experience different handles, grips, head shapes and even consider the benefits of an electric toothbrush versus a manual one. Dr. Nicolas Dovey may recommend certain toothbrushes based on a patient’s needs.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Patients should change toothbrushes every three months as a standard rule. However, if bristles are becoming frayed or a patient has had a recent illness, the toothbrush should be changed sooner.

What toothpastes should I consider?

There are many different kinds of toothpaste on the market today. It is essential to find one that has the ADA seal, which ensures it is proper for achieving and maintaining oral health. Fluoride should be integrated into toothpaste to help strengthen the teeth and reduce the risk of cavities. Patients with specific issues, such as stained teeth or sensitive teeth, may need to look for specific kinds of toothpaste designed to help with these particular concerns.

Is there anything to consider when shopping for floss?

There are different varieties of floss available on the market. There are also different ways to floss. For example, a patient who has difficulty handling floss due to arthritis or other fine motor skill issues may consider specific floss picks or a Waterpik device. Patients with braces may need special flossing threaders that can help get in-between wires and brackets to floss successfully. Your dentist may make a specific recommendation if you have unique needs.

Should I be using a mouthwash?

It’s always a good idea to integrate mouthwash into your routine. In some cases, the dentist may prescribe a mouthwash for a patient, especially if they have an active infection or other problem that requires special care. Most mouthwashes can help flush away food particles and can be an excellent finish to brushing and flossing.

Learn more about choosing the right oral care products with Del Sur Ranch Dental Our dentist, Dr. Nicolas Dovey, is available to help patients find the right toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and other products to maintain a healthy smile. Call (858) 759-2700 to request a consultation visit with our team at 16460 Paseo del Sur, Suite #C105 in San Diego, CA.