When shopping for items to help clean your smile, the amount of options can be overwhelming. Different products by different companies, all offering everything from fresh breath to whitening capabilities. To help, we’re going to dedicate today’s blog to highlighting the best toothbrushes and toothpastes for maintaining a healthy smile.
First, look for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association on the packaging. Next, check out the hardness or softness of the bristles. They can be from soft, medium, or hard. We always recommend soft because hard or medium bristles can potentially damage enamel if you brush too hard. For children, be sure you choose an age appropriate option, as toothbrushes for infants, toddlers, and kids can vary in shape and size.
Again, make sure the packaging contains the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Next, if you have issues with your gums, we may suggest Crest Pro Health or Paradontax. Patients with tooth sensitivity may benefit from Sensodyne Pronamel, and the Squigle Enamel Saver brand works great for patients with canker sores. While you may be tempted to choose the whitening options to achieve a brighter smile in the process, know that these often contain abrasive ingredients that can lead to sensitivity.
Caring for Your Smile
Now that you know how to pick up the best toothbrushes and toothpastes for your smile, how do you use them? When you apply toothpaste to the brush, use only a small amount. Often a dab the size of a pea is enough. You should then approach the teeth at a 45-deree angle to reach the top and front. You should move the toothbrush in a circular motion to thoroughly clean the front of your smile as well. Each session should last no less than two minutes and you should clean your teeth when you wake up and again before going to bed.
Do You Have Questions About Homecare?
Dr. Lawson and our team can discuss the proper ways to brush and floss and offer suggestions for you and your family to help you enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.