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Your oral hygiene habits don’t mean much if the tools you are using are faulty or inefficacious. Here is a rundown of what you should be looking for in your dental hygiene tools to ensure maximum beneficial effect.

 

Brush: Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, even if the bristles look okay–replace it even sooner if the bristles look frayed or worn out.

 

Toothpaste: It is important to use toothpaste, preferably an ADA approved toothpaste. There are many styles, flavors, and colors available; choosing the one you like will help make brushing more pleasurable. Toothpaste contains mildly abrasive substances that both clean and polish your teeth, without damaging tooth enamel.

 

Floss: Choose a single-filament floss. This will reduce the chances of breakage and be fraying when cleaning between teeth. Only use a floss that has been approved by the ADA and is specifically designed for interdental cleaning. If flossing is difficult for you, talk to Dr. Ali Nia about alternative interdental cleaners.

 

Mouthwash: If you choose to include mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine, be aware: not all mouthwashes are created equal. Some, called cosmetic mouthwashes, only freshen breath temporarily or mask it with a strong scent. Instead, choose what is called a therapeutic mouthwash, which not only freshens breath but also kill the bacteria that causes tooth decay and halitosis.

 

For more information, call Mesa Dental Care in Mesa, Arizona, at 480-730-0500. Dr. Ali Nia and our whole team will be happy to help!