Using the right tools is vital to good oral hygiene. Here are the kinds of things you should be looking for in your dental hygiene tools.
Brush: Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance on the package. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, even if the bristles look normal. Replace it even sooner if the bristles look frayed or worn.
Toothpaste: It is important to use toothpaste, preferably one with ADA approval. There are many flavors and colors available. Toothpaste is important partially because it contains mildly abrasive substances; these both clean and polish your teeth without damaging enamel.
Floss: Choose a single-filament floss when it is available. Only use a floss that has been approved by the ADA and is specifically designed for this purpose. If you have trouble flossing, talk with Dr. Emanuel Amato about interdental cleaning alternatives.
Sugar-Free Gum: Include sugar-free gum in your oral hygiene routine when you can. Sugar-free gum cleans the mouth by stimulating saliva production. This is best utilized when the gum is chewed for 20 minutes after eating. Sugared gum also stimulates saliva, but the sugar present feeds bacteria; this negates the good effects of the gum. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package to ensure quality.
For more information, call Chandler Family Dental Care in Chandler, Arizona, at 480-413-1100. Dr. Emanuel Amato and our whole team will be happy to assist you!