Sometimes all it takes is a useful tool to help you use a product to keep your teeth clean. There are more and more tools on the market to make it easier for you to brush and floss your teeth and are also able to do a more thorough job than manual tooth brushing and flossing. Listed below are several tool options to help you clean your teeth.
Electric toothbrushes can do a superior job cleaning your teeth because they activate more brush strokes in 2 minutes of brushing than you can do with your hand with a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes use either a sweeping or oscillating motion and come in either circular or oval shape, depending on the brand. Electric toothbrushes can also come with the added benefit of timers, pressure indicator lights and self-cleaning apparatus’. A timer helps you to make sure you are brushing for the correct amount of time, and a pressure indicator light helps you to make sure you aren’t pressing too hard with the toothbrush, which can lead to gum recession. Make sure to talk with your dentist or dental hygienist about which electric toothbrush is right for you.
A water flosser is a different method of flossing that consists of a tool used to spray a jet of water through the tooth contacts to flush out bacteria. Water flossers are a great alternative to flossing when you know you won’t use manual string floss. Water flossers are also great for patients with braces on, as it can clean thoroughly around brackets and under archwires. You can also put a fluoride mouthwash into your water flosser instead of water to help prevent cavities.
An air flosser is similar to a water flosser but uses a puff of air to clean out the spaces between teeth. The head of an air flosser is shaped for optimal access between teeth. An air flosser is also a excellent floss alternative for patients who know they won’t use regular string floss.