Dentists always stress the importance of maintaining a good, daily dental care routine to keep your teeth healthy and strong. In order to do so, you need the right tools.

 

Here are the things you need for a good dental routine.

 

The Right Toothbrush

The best toothbrush you can buy is one that you will use. Choose a brush that is comfortable and easy to use. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes during each session.

 

Some people like the built-in timers that electric toothbrushes provide, ensuring that you brush your teeth for the full 2 minutes, twice a day. However, some people don’t like the way an electric toothbrush feels.

 

There is little difference in the effectiveness of manual and electric toothbrushes. The most important thing about your toothbrush is that you use it.

 

Avoid getting a toothbrush with hard bristles, especially if you apply a lot of force already; this can damage your gums and enamel. Opt for a brush with soft or medium bristles.

 

Husband and wife couple in bathroom smiling as the woman brushes her teeth and the man is about to brush his teeth

 

Toothpaste with Fluoride

There are 2 things to look for in a toothpaste: the ADA Seal and fluoride.

 

A toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance ensures that the toothpaste is safe and effective, and that any claims on the packaging are true.

 

You also want a toothpaste with fluoride, which helps remineralize and strengthen enamel. Added to many public water systems, fluoride is an effective cavity-fighter.

 

If you have a specific problem with your teeth (like keeping them white), select a toothpaste that addresses your specific issue.

 

To keep the fluoride from the toothpaste in your mouth, rinse with as little water as possible.

 

Floss

Choosing floss is similar to choosing a toothbrush – the most important thing is that you use floss.

 

String floss is generally recommended, as it allows you to floss each tooth with a fresh section of floss. Floss picks use the same string for all of your teeth, so it’s recommended you wash off the string after you floss each tooth.

 

Whether the floss is waxed or unwaxed, the most important thing is that you floss every day.

 

Close up of woman flossing her teeth

 

Mouthwash

If you don’t like the idea of rinsing with only a little bit of water after brushing your teeth, try a mouthwash with fluoride.

 

Alcohol-free mouthwashes avoid the burning sensation associated with alcohol-containing mouthwashes, and are much less likely to leave you with a dry mouth.

 

There are cosmetic mouthwashes (which freshen breath) and therapeutic mouthwashes (which provide dental benefits). Always look for therapeutic mouthwashes, especially those that help fight cavities.

 

Make sure the mouthwash has the ADA Seal of Approval as well, to ensure that the product is safe and effective.

 

Tongue Scraper

The tongue is often overlooked when considering dental care. However, plaque and food particles also build up on your tongue.

 

The bacteria on your tongue can lead to tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). In order to better protect your teeth from decay, you need to clean your tongue daily.

 

Generally plastic, tongue scrapers help clean the residue off your tongue. Another way to clean your tongue is with your toothbrush.

 

Close up of man using plastic tongue scraper to clean his tongue

 

Remember to visit the dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning. A good dental care routine will help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.

 

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas. We are committed to providing you and your family with expert dental care.