Oral Hygiene Tools to Add in Your Routine

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Good oral hygiene is crucial to smiling better. For that, you need some important oral hygiene tools to use on a daily basis.

However, there are tons of it already. What should you choose?

The aisles are full of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.

While all these are important what specifications should you go for?

If you are starting to take care of your oral hygiene then this article is for you.

Keep reading to know what tools are absolutely necessary and what other optional ones you can include in your daily routine for extra care.

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Oral Hygiene Tools: A Toothbrush

Starting off with the toothbrush because brushing teeth twice a day is absolutely necessary.

You probably already have one, however, does it fit the criteria of a good toothbrush.

Your toothbrush should have:

  • multi-tufted soft filaments i.e. soft bristles
  • the ends of the bristles should be round
  • nylon bristles
  • size of the head should be small to medium in order to fit inside your mouth
  • electric toothbrushes are optional

Always go for soft bristles.

Hard bristles are harsh and abrasive on your teeth.

They can eventually wear down your enamel.

In order to prevent harsh brushing, you can also choose an electric toothbrush.

These have a gentle circular motion that prevents you from brushing harshly in a sawing motion.

Moreover, electric toothbrushes are useful for people with dexterity issues.

Children and older adults with Parkinson’s disease or arthritis can benefit from using an electric toothbrush.

What’s more, its rotating and oscillating brush head can clean plaque deeper than a manual toothbrush.

However, you can also clean well enough with a manual toothbrush provided that you use it properly.

Only use gentle strokes in a circular motion.

Furthermore, make sure that the brush head is not too big for your mouth otherwise you cannot clean properly.

Cleaning teeth should be comfortable and easy to choose a toothbrush that betters your oral hygiene rather than harms it.

brushing with toothpaste

Using the Right Toothpaste

In order to brush you also need the right toothpaste.

Fancy advertisements can make you buy toothpaste you really do not need.

Rather than that, go for toothpaste that suits your current oral health condition.

  • Whitening toothpaste to whiten yellow teeth
  • Fluoride toothpaste for weak enamel and cavity protection
  • Toothpaste with desensitizing agents for sensitive teeth
  • Total care toothpaste for gum disease, bad breath containing anti-bacterial agents

Therefore, you can either choose a total care toothpaste that has antibacterial agents, desensitizing agents and fluoride to deal with all of your mouth problems.

Or you can choose a specific one to first counter your oral health condition.

For instance, if you are prone to getting cavities then you need fluoride toothpaste.

It will strengthen your enamel and keep your teeth from decaying.

Therefore, go for one that addresses your oral care needs.

Once, you are done brushing, it is time to floss your teeth.

That too is an essential oral hygiene tool that helps in keeping your mouth clean throughout the day.

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Flossing Teeth Using a Dental Floss

After your brush, you should floss once a day.

Nighttime is suitable as you accumulate plaque and bacteria from an entire day of eating and drinking.

However, for better care, you can also floss teeth during the day.

After all, it can remove particles that a toothbrush can miss.

A toothbrush will clean 3 out of 5 surfaces, for the remaining, you need a floss.

Flossing teeth helps to prevent gum disease and cavities.

Now there are also types of dental floss.

  •  Waxed floss
  • Unwaxed floss

Waxed floss is for teeth spaced with a lower gap.

Whereas unwaxed floss can go between some space.

Though, these are not your only options when it comes to flossing.

Interdental brush and oral irrigators aka water flossers can also reach places where your brush cannot.

An interdental brush is designed to reach the interdental space.

It is an oral hygiene tool with bristles that can more conveniently remove plaque between your teeth.

It can also become an alternative for flossing however, floss too, is advantageous because it is more precise.

Other than that, you can use an oral irrigator.

A water flosser is not a replacement for floss but it can aid in removing plaque where the traditional floss cannot reach.

A steady stream of water is useful in removing plaque in people wearing braces.

Moreover, it can be helpful for children who cannot hold the floss properly.

Also, it can come in handy for people with fixed partial dentures to remove debris.

Choose a water flosser with adjustable water pressure so that it isn’t too much for you.

Though, remember that they are not a replacement for flossing because it is not as precise.

Both of these tools can be an addition to your oral care routine besides regular flossing.

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Tongue Scraper as an Oral Hygiene Tool

Now that you are done brushing and flossing, it is time to clean your tongue.

You should clean your tongue twice a day to:

  1. remove bacteria and debris that accumulates throughout the day
  2. remove bacteria that settles on the tongue through the night giving you a morning breath

If you do not clean your tongue then all the bacteria plus food particles that settle on it will release volatile sulfur compounds.

These compounds are behind bad breath.

Your food choices throughout the day matter too and in order to remove the bad smell coming from them, you should clean your tongue.

You can either use a tongue scraper, a tongue brush or a toothbrush.

However, a scraper acts as the best tongue cleaner cleaning up to 75 percent of volatile sulfur compounds.

While it is an essential tool to have, you can clean up to 40 percent volatile sulfur compounds with your toothbrush too.

Or you can get a toothbrush with a mini scraper at the back.

While using a scraper, remember to start at the back making your way to the tip.

However, if you have a sudden gag reflex then you may want to first accustom yourself by starting in the middle and then slowly starting from a little further back when you scrape your tongue.

If you have chronic bad breath then keeping a scraper with you at all times can help reduce it.

While it may stem from a dry mouth, medication or food, cleaning your tongue after each meal can decrease the sulfur compounds.

Not only that, removing the bacteria reduces your chances of getting gum disease and receding gums.

It also opens the pores of your tongue enabling you to sense flavors and also promotes saliva production.

dental picks

Optional Oral Hygiene Tools

Dental Picks 

Toothpicks and sticks can help to remove debris and plaque found within your teeth.

These are especially useful if you have trouble using floss.

However, use them gently.

These sticks and picks can poke your gum line.

Gently use them under your gum line in the interdental space.

Though, floss is certainly a better alternative if you learn how to use it.

Whitening Treatments 

This one is definitely not essential but if you want brighter teeth, it is probably already in your routine.

Teeth whitening treatments such as gel, pen, strips, toothpaste and mouthguard make your teeth whiter.

They do not impact your oral hygiene.

However, they can bring a change to your quality of life.

These at-home treatments might take 3 to 4 months to show visible results.

Applying them diligently daily helps in achieving the desired results.

Do your treatment right after brushing, flossing and scraping your tongue.

Giving 30 minutes to these treatments for a few months will change your teeth’ shade.

However, if you need deeper whitening, you may have to skip at-home whitening treatments and go for in-office dental whitening.

Night Guard

A night guard does not have a direct relationship with oral hygiene however, it can prevent many oral health problems.

If you suffer from teeth grinding then a nightguard is an essential tool.

It prevents the grinding and gnawing of teeth while you are asleep.

This does not weaken your enamel.

Therefore, you are at a lesser risk of getting cavities and decay.

using mouthwash

Rinsing with a Mouthwash

Using a Mouthwash isn’t absolutely necessary.

However, using it for 1 to 2 minutes daily promotes better oral health.

While many commercial types of mouthwash focus on reducing bad breath, there are others that have fluoride and antibacterial agents.

Fluoride mouthwashes strengthen the enamel making it less prone to decay.

Whereas anti-bacterial mouthwashes protect your teeth from gum disease by decreasing plaque.

Mouthwashes with Chlorhexidine are especially useful in treating gum infections.

Moreover, they deal with oral health problems concerning the eruption of a wisdom tooth or post tooth extraction.

You can choose an alcohol-free mouthwash as it can be strong.

Also, keep alcohol-containing mouthwashes away from children.

You can swish around the mouth for 30 seconds to a minute daily.

However, it is an addition t your routine and does not replace any of the essentials.

Finally, 

Your oral hygiene tools must be a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and scraper.

Though you can add a mouthwash, whitening treatment, oral irrigators and picks to promote good dental health.

So now you are aware of the tools you need to add in your routine. Buy them on your next shopping spree.

 

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