Spring has sprung, which means many of us are prioritizing some annual spring cleaning. At Ashley Dental Associates, dental health is always top of mind, which is why we thought we would share some of our favorite dental tools to help give your teeth a thorough spring cleaning! If you’re looking to take your oral health to the next level, consider adding some of these products into your dental routine. Here are our top nine dental tools for a healthy smile:
Toothbrushes are the first dental tool we’re introduced to as toddlers, and they remain an essential part of our dental routine throughout our entire life. At Ashley Dental, we recommend a soft-bristled electric toothbrush to ensure you’re making the most of your brushing habits. It’s important to make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes and to change out your toothbrush every three months to help achieve the cleanest smile.
You can’t have a toothbrush without toothpaste! As a general rule of thumb, your toothpaste should contain fluoride to prevent cavities and strengthen tooth enamel. If you struggle with sensitivity, gingivitis, or tartar build-up, there are specialized toothpaste with additional ingredients to help treat these conditions.
3. Dental Floss
Dental floss completes the top three most essential dental tools for your daily dental hygiene. Flossing should be as much of a priority as brushing your teeth since it helps to clean 35% of your tooth’s surfaces that your toothbrush can’t reach.
4. Dental Picks and Flossing Sticks
If you can’t effectively maneuver traditional dental floss, or if you have retainers or other dental devices to work around, these alternative floss options serve as suitable solutions. No matter what you prefer, there are various ways to ensure you floss daily!
5. Water Flossers
For the most optimum clean, water flossers are incredibly effective and preferred when it comes to oral health. This tool shoots small streams of water in between your teeth and over your gums to rinse away food particles and bacteria. While water flossers are generally better than traditional string floss, they’re also beneficial for those with braces or permanent retainers.
6. Teeth Whiteners
The safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth is by visiting your dentist for a professional whitening treatment. In this setting, you don’t have to worry about the whitening agents causing damage to your enamel. Still, teeth whiteners make our list of the top dental tools because it’s good to keep some whitening agents at home to prevent surface stains in between treatments. Make sure to ask your dentist before starting any at-home whitening treatments. At Ashley Dental, we are more than happy to make recommendations for you.
Mouthwash is often overlooked, but it can be incredibly beneficial to work into your daily dental care routine. Not only does mouthwash freshen your breath, but it also works to fight bacteria causing gingivitis. There are even specially formulated mouthwash to help with dry mouth and other oral conditions. For the most complete clean, finish your dental care routine with some mouthwash.
8. Tongue Scrapers
Many may not be aware that the majority of bacteria lives on your tongue. Get rid of this bad breath-causing bacteria by using a tongue scraper to effectively clean the surface of your tongue.
9. Regular Dentist Appointments
Want to know one of the most important dental tools? Your dentist’s phone number! Staying up to date with regular cleaning and dentist appointments promotes a healthy smile and can help treat problems before they get too big. Even if you’re doing every right at home, make sure you stay on track with regular appointments to keep your smile as healthy as possible. If you’re due for a spring dental cleaning, contact Ashley Dental! You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (843) 767-2600.