As a hygienist at SoundBridge Dental Arts, I get asked multiple times a day what I recommend for homecare to maintain optimal oral health. For the most part, I give the same old tried and true answer which includes brushing twice daily for 2 minutes and flossing once daily. That’s it. There’s no magic mouthrinse or toothpaste I can recommend to take the place of diligent homecare and regular visits in our office.
Should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?
Hands down the brush I recommend for use is the Sonicare toothbrush by Phillips. If held at the correct 45 degree angle and “walked” through the mouth, this toothbrush will move the saliva and toothpaste between the teeth and under the gumline thereby removing plaque beyond where the bristles touch. A manual toothbrush or electric brush only removes plaque where the bristles touch. Sonic cleaning, a slim head design to reach deep within the mouth and a two minute automatic timer make the Sonicare an easy and reliable tool to help anyone maintain oral health.
What type of dental floss should I use?
My favorite floss is waxed Reach dental floss by Johnson & Johnson. This floss has a nice diameter (not too small, not too large) and a slightly tacky feel. It does a nice job grabbing the food debris/plaque from hard to reach places and removing it. I recommend this floss for about 99.9% of the patients I see. I do not recommend Glide or dental tape in its place. In my experience, these products don’t work as effectively. If you go to the trouble of flossing, you want it to count. Use the right product!
Are there any other products I could benefit from using?
Most of the time, the above mentioned products are enough but there are always exceptions to the rule. We tailor all other recommendations based on your specific mouth. If you have any questions, please let your hygienist know and we’d be happy to discuss your needs during your next visit.