With so many choices around it makes it quite difficult to choose the best products for taking care of your smile. Factors such as price, brand, and endorsement can all influence which toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss you choose.
Here's some handy tips to make it easier next time you're deciding:
It's important to choose a good quality toothbrush as you will be using it twice a day.
A soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque from your teeth and along the gum line. Small-headed and soft-bristled toothbrushes are also preferable because they make it easier to reach all areas of the mouth.
Choose the size and shape most comfortable for you. The best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily.
You could also look at using an electric toothbrush as it can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.
Replace your toothbrush every three months, when it starts to wear and after you've been unwell.
Make sure kids use toothbrushes with soft nylon bristles. When your child is an infant, the toothbrush should be very small. As he or she grows, select a toothbrush that can fit easily in the mouth and brush one or two teeth at a time. Your child's toothbrush should be able to reach all of their teeth.
It's important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps to strengthen the outer tooth enamel of our teeth.
If you’re allergic to fluoride or your dentist recommends an alternative option you might want to choose different toothpaste. If you're unsure talk to your dentist about the best option for you.
For children, you should choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride and has a nice taste.
When you're choosing a toothpaste make sure you look at the benefits:
Anti-bacterial mouthwashes are effective in controlling plaque and also freshen breath. Ask your dentist for a recommendation at your next visit.
Many mouthwashes contain alcohol and are not appropriate for children younger than 6 years old, so always read the label before giving mouthwash to a child.
Flossing is essential for healthy gums and you should floss at least once daily. Floss is available in many different sizes, coatings, flavors and forms.
You should place the floss around your index and middle fingers, make a C shape around each tooth and use a push-pull and up and down motion to remove plaque at and below the gum line and between the teeth. Try to be gentle when placing the floss below the gum line.
With children, you should help them floss once a day. Many people floss just before bedtime but you can do it whenever suits you best.