You might have been in a situation where you have stood in front of a shelf full of dental products with no idea which option is best for you. Above that, you might not know the best routine to maintain when it comes to brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.
In this blog, you can look forward to helpful tips and tricks that can help you make informed choices when buying your next round of oral health products. If you would like our oral hygienist to help advise on dental products for you, book your dental consultation with our hygienist here.
According to a study published by Lancet, oral health diseases affect nearly 3.5 billion people globally. These diseases can lead to pain, discomfort, disfigurement, or even death. However, oral health diseases are preventable by implementing better oral health care at home in most cases.
Here are some tips our oral hygienist, Jolandi, suggests can help you choose oral health care products and how to use them daily.
Here are some tips about toothpaste:
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Refrain from rinsing your mouth after brushing as it will remove the fluoride layer that the paste provides.
- Brush last thing at night, including one other occasion during the day.
- Opt for a toothpaste that contains fluoride
If you’re unsure which type of toothpaste is most suitable for you, we recommend that you visit us for a check-up so that we can advise on your specific case. You can also find a selection of different kinds of toothpaste at our practice.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, patients who brushed their teeth and used mouthwash had 50% less plaque than those who only opted for brushing. Also, another study concluded that mouthwashes with antiseptic qualities provide a higher rate of plaque reduction.
Why should I use mouthwash?
The role of mouthwashes can either be for cosmetic reasons or treatment purposes. If you use mouthwash for cosmetic reasons, it will help manage plaque. In contrast, mouthwashes used for treatment purposes have a different formulation that helps treat conditions like dry mouth, sensitivity, or inflammation.
How should I use mouthwash?
We recommend that you read the label to measure the best amount of mouthwash for optimal care. From there, you can proceed to swirl it in your mouth for around 30 – 60 seconds. It is important to remember that rinsing your mouth does not replace other oral care routines like brushing and flossing.
For better plaque control, we recommend that you floss between your teeth before tooth brushing. By implementing flossing daily, you can reduce your risk of gum disease and instances of bad breath. Flossing helps remove plaque that forms on the gum line. It is better to floss after you’ve rinsed your mouth with mouthwash. We recommend the unwaxed floss as the filaments reach all the spaces better between your teeth.
We can also show you the correct way of using floss when you visit us during your annual dental check-up.
Humble Co. dental products
If you’re looking for environmentally friendly dental products, we stock Humble Co. products which range from toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash. When you buy any of their products, a percentage of your sale will go towards the Humble Smile Foundation. The foundation aims to provide access to dental check-ups and educate those in less fortunate communities. Dr Mark Bowes is a global ambassador for the foundation and aims to spread the critical mission they set out to achieve.
Need more help to decide which oral health products are best for you?
Book an appointment with us, and we’ll discuss the best options for your unique lifestyle and needs. The best part is that you’ll be able to browse our selection of professional dental products and environmentally friendly The Humble Co. products.