Whether it is the ringing of the dentist’s instruments or the possibility of spotting a cavity, the fear of going to a dentist is enough for countless people to start taking care of their dental health. So, if you are looking to stock your bathroom cabinet with essentials, don’t forget these dental tools, which when push comes to shove, can even save your life.
Soft-bristled toothbrushes are good because they are gentler on your gums, soft enough to massage the gums and gum line, but firm enough to remove plaque buildup. Dentists also recommend toothbrushes with softer bristles as they are less likely to damage your gums.
Hard bristled brushes, on the other hand, can cause you to brush your teeth too hard and this can lead to sensitive or receding gums or bleeding gums.
As you know, brushing helps remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and tongue, allowing you to keep your breath fresh and gums healthy. But since brushing is only as effective as your toothbrush, make sure you change your toothbrush regularly - preferably every three months.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by remineralizing tooth enamel and hardening softened teeth. It is found naturally in most water sources and many foods, including seafood and some fruits, but you need it in a higher quantity for it to contribute to your oral health effectively. Thus, fluoridated toothpaste.
The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste because it helps strengthen enamel, fight cavities, and protect teeth against decay. It does not matter whether you choose a gel or paste form of fluoride toothpaste; both work equally well to protect your teeth from decay.
Remember that fluoride can only help you if you are committed to maintaining better oral health. Applying a pea-sized amount to your toothbrush and gently brushing your teeth using small circular motions for at least two minutes is the ideal way of using fluoride toothpaste.
The tongue contains many bacteria and germs, which contribute to bad breath and even plaque build-up, potentially putting you at risk for cavities. Using a tongue scraper can remove these bacteria and help you maintain good oral health.
With regular use, a tongue scraper can remove dead skin cells, food particles, and bacteria from the surface of the tongue, promoting better breath and healthier gums.
Flossing isn't fun, but it is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Flossing gets rid of bacteria and food particles between your teeth and under the gum line where a toothbrush can't reach. Regular flossing can prevent gingivitis and tooth decay among many other oral health problems as well as help clean under orthodontic appliances, such as braces and retainers.
That said, flossing is only effective if you do it right! So, it is crucial for you to use floss at least once a day in order to keep your mouth clean.
Dental picks provide numerous benefits for individuals who want to maintain good oral hygiene. For starters, they are easier to use than floss or string because they do not require you to thread anything through your teeth.
Furthermore, they can reach areas that regular toothbrushes cannot such as between teeth and along the gum line. As such, using dental picks ensures that you get rid of plaque and food particles where it matters most - in between teeth where regular brushing cannot reach.
Besides, when flossing isn't possible, you can use the pick to dislodge food particles from between teeth and clean the area. But you must ensure not to use picks as an alternative to flossing.
It is tempting to pop open a bottle of mouthwash and rinse your mouth with it after every meal. After all, using a mouthwash regularly can help prevent cavities and keep your breath fresh. It can also help you get rid of bad breath after eating something stinky. But did you know that alcoholic mouthwashes do more harm than good?
Over-the-counter mouth rinses, particularly those that contain alcohol, can actually increase your risk of developing oral problems. They can dry your mouth and pave the way for cavities. Therefore, it is always best to have a milder, non-alcoholic mouthwash rinse in your bathroom cabinet, which is less irritating to the tissues in your mouth.
Safe toothbrush storage solution
Your bathroom cabinet is the best storage place for your toothbrush. It is a fresh and dry place, free from dust and germs. But it may not be the most efficient way to store your toothbrush - something that comes in contact with your body at least once a day. For this reason, we developed BrushGuard, a unique and efficient storage solution for your toothbrush.
Designed by dental healthcare providers, BrushGuard keeps your toothbrush free from bacteria and your mouth free from toothbrush infections, making it the perfect solution for you and your family.