There are so many products on the market it can become confusing and choosing between all the products can be difficult. Here are some suggestions for choosing dental care products that will work for most patients. Please ask Dr. Zeren and our hygienist to help you select products that are best for you.
Electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective and a great way to efficiently brush your teeth. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) will rinse your mouth thoroughly, but will not remove plaque. You need to brush and floss in conjunction with the irrigator. We see excellent results with the Sonicare electric toothbrush (www.sonicare.com) we encourage you to bring your toothbrush to your first cleaning appointment so that we can review the proper and most effective way of utilizing it.
There are also tiny brushes (proxabrushes) that clean between your teeth.
Prescription fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing can reduce tooth decay as much as 40 percent. These rinses are not recommended for children under six years of age. Tartar control toothpastes will reduce tartar above the gum line, but gum disease starts below the gum line so these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.
Listerine is the only clinically proven and ADA approved mouth rinse shown to help decrease gingivitis and plaque. All flavors are equally effective.
We are here to help you; we will recommend and go over the use of the most effective oral hygiene tools available