Good oral hygiene habits come with consistent effort. Brushing and flossing at least a couple of times every day is fundamental, but with which dental care products? What type of toothbrush cleans most effectively, a manual brush or an electric toothbrush? Is one toothpaste better than the others? Is a fluoride mouth rinse necessary for good oral hygiene?
Dental Care Products
Mouthwash: A fluoride mouth rinse is a good finishing touch for added cavity fighting protection and fresher breath. For kids under 6, choose an alcohol-free mouthwash, but for all other ages, opt for the brand with alcohol to effectively kill bacteria.
Toothpaste: When browsing types of toothpaste, the best approach is to look for one with the American Dental Association seal. ADA certified brands are sure to be safe and effective. In addition, look for fluoride toothpaste, for the prevention of cavities. Lastly, opt for the selection that suits your personal taste. For example, some people prefer a paste or a gel, cool mint or cinnamon. Choose a flavor and texture that feels right to you.
Toothbrush: The main factor regarding a manual toothbrush is the bristles. Dentists suggest using a soft bristled brush with a head that fits comfortably inside your mouth; softer bristles are gentler on precious enamel and gums. You should replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if you notice signs of wear.
Manual Toothbrush vs. Electric Toothbrush
One way to avoid oral health issues is to brush your teeth correctly and effectively, regardless of the type of brush you use. An electric toothbrush makes it easier to clean your teeth more thoroughly, especially if you have misaligned or uneven teeth, or wear braces or another type of orthodontic treatment.
An electric toothbrush is also effective at reducing or eliminating teeth stains as well as plaque. The scrubbing or oscillating effect is far superior to the manual brushing. Research has shown that long-term teeth cleaning with an electric toothbrush can improve oral health for patients with periodontal disease. Over a four to six-month study, participants had less dental plaque using a powered brush.