Dental Products Can Be Confusing


With so many dental products, including toothbrushes, floss, flossing devices and mouthwashes, on the market, it can be difficult to decide what products are the best for you. However, according to your dentist it is best to choose something that has been recommended by the American Dental Association.


Probably the most confusing of all dental products, toothbrushes come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes; however, there are some things that your dentist recommends that you look for.

Soft bristled toothbrushes are best when it comes to removing debris and plaque along your gum line with small headed being the most preferred as they can reach all the areas in your mouth, including your molars. Choose the size and shape that you find most comfortable and the one that easily fits in your mouth allowing you to reach all of your teeth. Replace your toothbrush when it starts to wear. Dentists recommend every three months.

For some, powered toothbrushes are preferred and can do a much better job of cleaning your teeth, especially for those who have problems with manual dexterity.


Unless your dentist has advised against it, it is imperative that you choose toothpaste dental products that have fluoride, especially if you do not drink tap water that contains fluoride. Bottled water does not contain fluoride, which helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Some people may also be allergic or have a medical condition that would warrant a different type of toothpaste. If you want to switch, make sure that you talk it over with your dentist. If you are searching for whitening toothpaste, or a paste for sensitive teeth, the ADA recommended site could help you find the best one for your particular needs.


Fluoride mouth rise and mouthwashes are actually two different products. If you want to control plaque, an anti-bacterial mouthwash is better for your needs than a fluoride rinse. A fluoride rinse will coat your teeth and is used to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Make sure you check the label, as some mouthwashes are not appropriate for kids as they contain alcohol.


Flossing your teeth is vital for healthy gums and comes in a variety of forms, flavors, coatings, and sizes. If you have problems using your fingers to floss, there are floss holders available in grocery and drug stores. Some flosses are flavored with mint and cinnamon and can be waxed or unwaxed.

Water Pics

A water pic, or water irrigation device, is used to remove food particles from between your teeth. If you or someone in your family wears an orthodontic appliance, a water pic may help to removed plaque and debris in-between the brackets and wires. Water pics have also shown a reduction in plaque accumulation, gingivitis, and bleeding gums.

If you would like more information regarding dental products, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.