There are a multitude of over the counter oral health products on the market today. You can find toothpastes claiming to whiten and brighten your teeth or make them less sensitive to the touch. Toothbrushes come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Some are designed to appeal to kids, others advertise deep cleaning features or a contour that is easier to grip and manipulate. And that’s just the start. There are tongue scrapers, irrigation devices and a slew of dental flosses to consider. You can choose between waxed or unwaxed flossing tape, flavored or plain, and there are pre prepared flossers for people who have trouble using any kind of string. There are also dental piks that are intended to produce the same results that flossing between the teeth does. Now you can move on to the mouthwash aisle.

Whether or not to use mouthwash is a matter of personal preference but rinsing with a fluoride solution can provide extra protection against cavities and help to prevent gum disease. An antibacterial mouthwash can help to ease the discomfort from canker sores as well. A minty mouthwash can make your breath feel fresh and mask the unpleasant odors that can come from eating certain spicy foods.

Some people prefer electric toothbrushes to the more traditional ones. They are particularly advantageous for those of us who have trouble managing a manual brush. Whichever type you choose be sure that the bristles are soft and replace the brush head every few months. Bacteria can collect on the bristles of your toothbrush so if you come down with a cold or the flu for instance, be sure to switch out your toothbrush or brush head once you’ve recovered.

Always read the labels on the dental products that you shop for. Look for the Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association, make sure the mouthwash and toothpaste products contain fluoride and ask your dentist or hygienist for their recommendations.

Spokane Valley Dentistry professionals take the time to connect with every patient on a personal level. Call 509-926-6261 to arrange for a consultation.