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3 Helpful At Home Dental Tools

When you walk through the dental care section of your local pharmacy, you can easily get overwhelmed with the number of choices available. From dental flosses to whitening kits, it all can be confusing. This article focuses on the best way to choose and use three helpful at home dental tools.


Before selecting any product, you need to check the package for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products with the ADA seal have been certified. They have accurate claims on the labeling and packaging because every manufacturer must confirm all information with the ADA.


The following are helpful dental care tools for excellent dental health:


On the store racks, you will find a cross-section of toothbrushes with hard, medium and soft bristles. Dental experts recommend soft-bristled brushes because they are less abrasive on the gums, compared to hard-bristled brushes.

An electric toothbrush is another option you can consider. For people who are prone to hard or harsh brushing, electric can save the teeth from damage through gentle, circular, motions and achieve better results. It also makes brushing convenient for people with arthritis or other health conditions that affect the hands.


When choosing toothpaste, select one with fluoride. This will help strengthen the enamel and protect against tooth decay. Many kinds of toothpaste have elements to combat tooth sensitivity, gingivitis, halitosis and tartar.

Toothpaste with additives like whitening agents can cause enamel degradation. Be sure to ask your dentist to make suggestions on the best toothpaste for your needs.

Mouthwashes come in different varieties, depending on their usage. Some contain fluoride to combat cavities, some help reduce bad breath and others help to lessen plaque and prevent gingivitis. If you find brushing insufficient, mouthwash serves as an extra shield against tooth cavities and gum diseases.


Flossing is essential to maintain healthy teeth. Experts recommend you floss at least once daily, especially after meals. Flossing removes food particles caught between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot clean. It helps to lessen plaque occurrence and the risk of tooth decay and gum diseases.

Dental floss comes in two options — waxed or unwaxed. If your teeth are tightly linked together, the waxed floss will clean them quickly. There are also different flavors for flossing to make the process more enjoyable.


Other helpful dental tools you should have at home include dental picks and sticks, teeth whiteners, oral irrigators and tongue scrapers. More importantly, ask your dental for guidelines regarding your oral health and tools you can use.

With the cleaning tools, you should always remember that one of the most vital steps for maintaining a healthy smile is keeping regular dental appointments. Some dental conditions are not immediately apparent and can go undetected until a dentist performs an evaluation. A tooth cavity is not the only threat to your dental health. Bite alignment, gum disease, oral cancer, bad breath and even sleep apnea are all conditions a dentist can help you solve.

Request an appointment here: or call Sendero Dental Studio at (949) 204-3761 for an appointment in our Rancho Mission Viejo office.

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