The Use of Oral Hygiene Aids Reviewed by Palatine Dentist
Maintaining great oral health starts with routine dental checkups. Professional cleanings that you receive twice yearly with your Palatine Dentist do indeed remove a great amount of bacteria and plaque that causes gum disease. But the best way to guarantee excellent oral health is by combining professional dental care with proper at-home oral hygiene. Here’s a list of some common products we’ve found to help:
The most well-known interdental cleaner is dental floss, and it comes in a variety of types and flavors to fit your specific needs. Dental floss is very effective at removing food particles and plaque from between teeth. Dental floss should be used twice daily after brushing.
Another tool that is frequently recommended by hygienists and periodontists are interdental brushes in addition to using dental floss. These brushes are very effective in cleaning food and debris lodged at the gumline, and they come in various shapes and sizes.
Over-the-counter cosmetic rinses work only temporarily to mask bad breath. However, your dental professional can provide a therapeutic rinse that is regulated by the FDA and uses active ingredients to help reduce bad breath, plaque, and cavities. Use these mouth rinses after brushing and flossing.
Using oral irrigators (like Sonicare, and Waterpiks) clean debris that is hidden below the gum line. While these oral irrigators can be extremely effective in lowering the risk of gum disease, remember that they are not a replacement for brushing and flossing.
Rubber Tip Stimulators
Rubber tip stimulators are excellent for removing plaque around the gum line as well as increasing blood flow to the gums. Use the rubber stimulator by tracing gently around the inner and outer gumline at least once daily. Replacement tips are available and it’s important to change the rubber tip as soon as it starts to appear worn.
When bacteria colonize on the tongue they cause bad breath and lead to other systemic diseases. Tongue cleaners (or scrapers) are specifically designed to remove bacterial buildup from the tongue and should be used prior to brushing.
The choice of dental professionals for deep cleaning is an electric toothbrush. The vibrating or rotary motion helps remove plaque and remove food particles that are lodged around the gums and teeth. Also, since an electric toothbrush requires far less effort than a manual toothbrush, it is likely that you will do a more thorough job when brushing.
If you are using a manual toothbrush, be sure to replace it every three months as the bristles become worn and ineffective over time. A soft-bristle toothbrush is easier on sensitive gum tissue than medium and hard bristle varieties. Brush your teeth after each meal or at least twice each day.
Check with the Palatine Dentist during your next visit if you are uncertain as to which of these aids is the best choice for you. We will be happy to help you select the best products for your situation.
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