Our great Hygienist – Elisa King has given such great advice to everyone regarding their dental care that we decided to dedicate a page to her! Here are some of her favorite products and words of wisdom.
Super Soft toothbrush: You wouldn’t want to rub sand paper on your arm twice a day, why would you want to do that to your gum tissue? A firm toothbrush can have similar abrasive damage to your teeth and cause your gums to recede.
Electric toothbrush: either Sonicare or Oral B are great options.
Woven floss: Woven has more texture which allows it to pull more food debris and bacteria from between your teeth. Sometimes people have difficulty using woven floss because it is thicker and can shred when flossing around crowns and fillings. In which case any floss will do. Any floss is better than not flossing.
Flossers: These are a good way to floss with one hand. I often recommend these to people trying to incorporate the habit into their daily routines. They are quicker to grab and you can use them in the car, at the office or performing other tasks.
Waterpik: We like the travel size. They can be taken into the shower or on a trip and they don’t take up space on your countertop either.
Colgate Total: It has triclosan in it, which has been proven to reduce bacterial count for 12 hours.
Natural Toothpaste: Tooth & Gums Tonic for those of you who prefer a natural alternative.
Biotene: This is a Saliva Stimulant. The
mouthwash can be purchased at almost any store.
Biotene also has gel, spray, and other products that are mostly available online. Sometimes people find that one form of Biotene works better for them than the other. So if you’re not having success – make sure to try a different kind.
Xylitol: Candies or gum can also be used as a saliva stimulant. Xylitol is an alcohol based sweetener that kills cavity causing bacteria.
ACT: **Alcohol Free. This will supply your teeth with additional fluoride that will remineralize any areas that may be showing signs of decay.
ACT: This will supply your teeth with additional fluoride that will remineralize any areas that may be showing signs of decay.
Water Pik : with ortho head to clean in between your teeth and around brackets.
Superfloss: can be purchased at Walmart, Ebay, Amazon, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and Target. It is a string of floss that has the threader attached to it so you don’t have to use 2 different products.
Platypus flosser: a smaller flosser that is easier to travel with.
Oral B – Electric TB w/ortho head. If you already have an Oral B toothbrush you can purchase an ortho head to make brushing easier and more effective.
For those with a lingual retainer – Super Floss or Water piks will help keep it clean.
Proxabrushes – for spacing between teeth
Sulcabrush – for furcations