Do you spend any time reading the packages of your dental hygiene products? Do you simply use what you’ve used since you were a little kid when it comes to toothpaste? How about dental floss – do you make thoughtful choices or simply grab the first item you see in the drugstore? The good news is that as long as you’re brushing and flossing every day as we recommend, you are making a great effort. However, choosing products that work best for your needs can actually have a significant impact on the effectiveness of daily care.
About Your Toothpaste
Do you like your toothpaste? If not, pick another one. Brushing your teeth should be an enjoyable experience, otherwise you may avoid doing it. Is your toothpaste free of abrasive ingredients that can scratch up your enamel? This is just as important as making sure your selection includes fluoride, which strengthens teeth and offers decay protection.
Your Dental Floss, Too
Your dental hygiene is not complete until you have flossed your teeth. Like your toothpaste, it’s important that you like everything about your floss, from the texture to the flavor. Look for floss that has been accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and test out different options to find one you love.
How’s That Brush?
Are you using the same brush you were using eight months ago? Toss it in the trashcan! You should use a fresh toothbrush every three months or so, though sooner is always okay. As for other aspects of your brush that can affect dental hygiene, choosing soft bristles is essential. It’s also important that your brush can maneuver throughout your mouth with ease, so you can reach every last tooth.