Perfect Smile Dental introduces the professional guide for home-care dental products so you get the best out of your smile
With over £500 million a year spent in dental products in UK, Brits still struggle to know which the best products are to take good care of their teeth and gums. For that reason, here is a quick guide to help you choose the right dental equipment for your daily care.
Flossing Removing food particles and plaque is essential to perform an optimal oral hygiene. Inter-dental brushes are as effective as floss, though either of them should be used at least once a day before brushing.
Wooden dental sticks are good for dislodging food caught in the teeth and for cleaning around dental work.
Electronic flossers vibrate to aid the cleaning, although there is no clinical evidence that they are more effective than manual flossing.
Dental tape and waxed floss can be kinder on sore or sensitive gums because of their thickness, with the same effectiveness as regular floss.
Brushing Medium to soft bristle brushes with small head and rounded-end filaments are the tool of choice of most specialists for a good dental hygiene. Small heads allow better control and easier access to back teeth, while long, wide handles grant a better grip. Brushes should be replaced every 3 months or when they show signs of wear, as well as when being unwell, to prevent infection from developing again.
Electric brushes have proven to remove 20 to 40 per cent more plaque than manual ones thanks to their powered, small round oscillating heads. Oscillating brushes are as well more effective than sonic ones, which only vibrate without switching rotation.
Ionic brushes aren’t backed with solid evidence on their performance, though they are said to help remove plaque attracting it with the negative ions generated by a special titanium rod.
Toothpastes Bearing in mind that fluoride is the most important component of toothpastes, the market offers several choices with added features for everyone’s needs:
Complete or total care include antibacterial ingredients aimed to reduce the growth of plaque and prevent gum disease.
Sensitive toothpaste helps stopping the nerve sensations in the tooth’s root. Although effective, results don’t show until after some days.
Tartar control includes zinc pyrophosphate that helps stopping plaque from hardening. Whitening toothpaste restores teeth to their natural colour by removing minor stains.
Mouthwashes Mouthwash solutions can help fight tooth decay (especially when containing fluoride and antibacterial agents), lower plaque bacteria and prevent gum disease. However, as explained by dentists at Perfect Smile clinics, removing plaque mechanically by brushing and flossing is essential for an optimal oral health, as it is visiting a hygienist for a deep cleaning at least once a year, which you can easily do when you click here to book an appointment.
Choosing the right dental products to ensure a good performance of your daily oral hygiene helps your teeth being healthy and strong