Stocking up on Dental Supplies
If you’ve been into a pharmacy in the last decade, you’ll likely have seen the vast array of dental hygiene products now available. These aisles are lined with every conceivable convenience of oral care; from specially treated and flavored floss to electric toothbrushes to DIY teeth whitening strips. Your teeth should be fine so long as you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and go in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning twice a year; but, if you’re looking to spice up your bacteria-fighting arsenal, then the oral care aisle is the place to go.
When it comes to battling plaque and preventing tartar, you have many options. While there are bound to be some products out there that are more gimmick than good, many of the items you’ll find in the dental aisle are quite useful. Though useful, nothing there can replace your regular Tulsa teeth cleaning.
The sheer quantity of product types and specializations can be overwhelming. If you’re looking to expand your dental cabinet but aren’t sure what to start with, then take a look at this starter guide for oral hygiene products.
Whether it’s sensitive teeth, gingivitis prevention, tooth whitening, or something else; there are mouthwashes explicitly sold for that. With so many options, you can find a mouthwash designed for almost any need or preference you might have.
While not as diversified as mouthwash, dental floss does come in a few varieties. Different kinds have different widths so that you can find the best fit for the spacing of your teeth. They also come in slightly different materials, by preference, and often have a flavored option.
Toothbrush and Brush Heads
With brushes, it can be best to go with the softer bristled variety—often marketed as being for sensitive teeth. Brushing too hard with a stiffer bristled brush can wear away at the enamel of your teeth.
Tooth Whitening Treatment
While there are numerous DIY tooth whitening treatments that won’t damage your teeth, some of them can be corrosive and harmful. Always make sure when doing your own tooth whitening that you are following your Tulsa dentist’s advice.
Not everyone will benefit from these, but if you find yourself grinding your teeth a lot, especially in your sleep, then a mouthguard can do wonders for protecting your enamel.
One of the most critical components of any good toothpaste is fluoride. Beyond that, toothpaste is even more diversified and specialized than mouthwash when it comes to meeting your needs. Most brands do a good job of clearly stating what each type of paste is designed for, whether it be cavity prevention, tooth whitening, enamel strengthening, or one of the myriad other specialties.
When it comes to the tools that protect your oral hygiene, there are a plethora of options to choose from; both across product types and within. While strengthening your efforts at proper at-home care of your teeth is always a good thing, don’t forget that you’ll still need to see your Tulsa dentist for a dental cleaning twice a year. Some problems just can’t be fixed from home.