When I turned thirty-five, I made the conscious effort to take better care of my teeth. My teeth were in good shape and I did a decent job of caring for them. Recently I had the good fortune of having a lunch business meeting with an Agoura Hills Dentist and his office manager. I had my dental routine and I felt it was satisfactory. My dental routine prior to this meeting included:
Brushing Teeth for 30 seconds
Flossing – not sliding floss above and beneath edges of teeth
Mouth washing for 10 to 15 seconds
I used the above dental routine for many years and it served me well. My six-month dental checkups and cleanings were decent. I had one crown installed and that was from an accident. Overall, I possessed great oral health and didn’t consider that my daily oral cleaning regime was wrong. During this time, I experimented with mechanical toothbrushes like the Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Electric Toothbrush:
Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Electric Toothbrush
This toothbrush did a great job, but I eventually went back to regular toothbrushes. With the electric toothbrush, I noticed I had to replace the mechanized brush heads more often. I also found this particular model doesn’t last a very long time. My motor gave out after one year of general use and I felt cheated.
I prefer manual toothbrushes for my oral hygiene routine. I like that I can replace them every three months and they’re relatively inexpensive. I also prefer that I have more brushing control with a brush, as opposed to a mechanical brush. There are many options and brands for toothbrushes and it’s all about personal preference. I prefer Reach Medium Total Care Toothbrushes. Brush for two minutes, twice a day.
Reach Medium Full Head Value Pack
Be sure to remember to replace your toothbrush every three months.
For years, I used regular toothpaste without teeth whitening properties. Occasionally, I used toothpaste with tartar control but nothing regularly. After many years of trying different toothpastes, I settled on whitening toothpaste and have continued to use it regularly. It’s important to choose a product and use it consistently when it comes to preventive dental care. The whitening toothpastes that I’m familiar with include Arm & Hammer’s Complete Care Plus Whitening Toothpaste and Colgate’s Optic White.
Reviews for both toothpaste products are great, however I find Colgate Optic White easier on my teeth. The Baking Soda from the Arm & Hammer Toothpaste tends to be more abrasive on my teeth. My teeth are on the sensitive side. Easier on my teeth, Colgate Optic White Toothpaste satisfies my daily brushing routine without the abrasiveness that comes with a baking soda based toothpaste. I find Optic White whitens my teeth much brighter, as well.
Flossing demands a respectful daily routine to curtail gum disease. I only started regularly in my thirties, with fantastic results! Flossing is something that I have been doing poorly for a long time. For starters, I wasn’t liberal enough with the floss. The technique that my dentist endorses is to wrap the floss around your index finger and thumb a few times. Then in addition to flossing in between teeth, it is recommended to swing the floss underneath the tooth, too. The” underneath the tooth motion” is something that I neglected to do for years.
Choosing the correct dental mouthwash needs to go beyond guessing. Knowing the different varieties of mouthwash available helped me make a more informed purchase. For years I purchased these products on guesses and dental mouthwashes should never be purchased on guesses. Dental mouthwashes fall into four categories according to Ellis Dental: 1. Fluoride Mouthwash, 2. Anti-Gingivitis or Plaque Reducing Mouth Rinses, 3. Breath Freshening, and 4. Whitening Mouth Rinses. Fluoride Mouthwash is used if you have multiple restorations in your mouth, or have a high risk of decay. If you use fluoride toothpaste, that should be sufficient enough fluoride to pass on Fluoride Mouthwash. Anti-Gingivitis or Plaque Reducing Mouth Rinses remain a staple for consumers. This mouthwash type reduces damaging mouth bacteria and reduces plaque and is preferred by most dentists. Breath Freshening Mouthwashes leave your breath refreshed; however, may lack key ingredients to kill bacteria or will kill bacteria for only a short amount of time. Whitening Mouth Rinses are for surface stains only and are cosmetic. Talk with your dentist to see if you have surface or deep stains before you buy a whitening mouth rinse. More importantly, talk to your dentist about your daily dental hygiene routine and the products you use. Speaking with your dentist about which over-the-counter products to use will go a long way in preserving and caring for your teeth.
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