We are always being asked which specific products we recommend for our patients. Listed below is a comprehensive list of the products we like and information as to why we believe these products work best.
Most people make the mistake of brushing too hard. Teeth and gums can be damaged from brushing too hard and a hard toothbrush only exacerbates the problem. Clean teeth and gums are a result of technique and duration – not strength.
The general rule of thumb on toothpaste is you do not want anything that is too gritty or abrasive. Although in the short term these toothpastes may make your mouth feel cleaner, the long term affects are detrimental to your tooth and gum health. In my experience, the least abrasive toothpastes are the gels. Whitening toothpastes are generally some of the most abrasive toothpastes on the market.
Sensodyne Gel contains all of the benefits of Crest Gel but has the added ingredient of Potassium Nitrate. A naturally occurring mineral potassium nitrate works by calming the nerves in the teeth.
When you go to the store to look for floss, chances are you’ve been overwhelmed by the large variety to choose from. I typically recommend that my patients try a few different types of floss to discover what works best for them. In general, unwaxed floss has been considered the best because the individual filaments of the floss typically clean more effectively than waxed floss where the filaments are bound together.
For patients that have crowns or bridges I recommend waxed floss.
If you have problems controling the floss, reaching posterior teeth, or dexterity issues, floss handles make the process much easier.
Interdental brushes are good for patients that have problems with recession or for getting under bridges.
While waterpiks are not a substitution for flossing, they do help to supplement. I recommend that patients use Listerine in the water reservoir rather than plain water. They are especially good at cleansing under bridges.
Released in 2008 Listerine Total Care has several benefits. Research suggest it kills up to 99.9% of bacteria that cause plaque, gingivitis, and halitosis (bad breath). The Total Care product line also contains Fluoride (Sodium fluoride 0.022%), which is not found in water in the town of St. Francisville. Fluoride has antibacterial properties that help to kill bad bacteria, but it also strengthens the surface of teeth, which helps to prevent the spread of decay.
Often bad breath is not caused from a lack of brushing, but from a lack of cleaning the tongue. I have tried many different tongue cleaners but this is my favorite.
Dry mouth is a side affect listed with many prescription drugs. While difficult to treat, Biotene helps to reduce the symptoms.
These contain Xylitol which stimulate the production of saliva.
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