You know it is time to switch to new ones when the toothpaste runs out and the bristles of your toothbrush start to fray. But amongst the endless store aisles filled with so many options, how do you know the right one to choose?
Toothpaste and toothbrushes come in a variety of options and most people end up selecting the most economical ones. But that does not guarantee the best results and often result in dental issues. Besides the cost, there are many factors that you need to keep in mind when selecting the ones for you. Below are a few pointers to help pick the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you.
What to look for in a toothpaste?
If we look at it generally, all kinds of toothpaste consist of similar contents. However, the two main components to look for in toothpaste are fluoride and an abrasive agent. Other ingredients may include sweeteners, flavours, colours, stabilisers, and thickeners.
Fluoride is an important component for strengthening the enamel of your teeth. The enamel is the outermost surface of your teeth which prevents tooth decay. Most toothpaste brands contain fluoride, but it is good to double-check its presence when changing brands. Always look for a toothpaste with the seal of approval from the Australian Dental Association.
Abrasive agents in toothpaste are important for the polishing your teeth and removal of any leftover food particles. The amount of abrasives when too high can erode your teeth. These are found in the right amount in most toothpaste and listed amongst other ingredients, for example, hydrated silica or calcium carbonate.
Tooth sensitivity is an issue which is on the rise. Talk to your dentist about it and they can suggest relative toothpaste that is specialised to help relieve sensitivity. These anti-sensitivity toothpaste work by blocking the microscopic channels in the dentin layer of your teeth known as tubules.
Another popular kind of toothpaste trending in the market is teeth whitening toothpaste. Before picking any one of them, we recommend you should discuss it with your dental care professional.
How to choose the right toothbrush for you?
Toothbrushes are available in a variety of bristle hardness and types. Usually, soft, and medium bristles are suited for most people. Hard bristled toothbrush can damage your teeth and gums, especially if you brush your teeth vigorously.
The choice of the manual and electric toothbrush also depends on every individual. Electric toothbrushes are often helpful for elders with dexterity issues and children who yet do not know how to brush their teeth. Also, the timer set on an electric toothbrush helps complete brushing for the recommended two minutes.
Whichever toothbrush you select, remember to brush your teeth in a circular motion and not back and forth which harms your teeth even more. If you are unsure about the right angle and technique of brushing your teeth, you can ask your dentist or dental hygienist about it.
Is dental floss important?
Yes, quite so! Majority of dentists suggest flossing your teeth at least once a day. The type of dental floss can be selected from shredded, unwaxed and woven ones. It is an integral part of a dental hygiene routine. Ask your dental team for the right type of dental floss for your teeth.
How else can you care for your oral health?
Apart from a healthy oral hygiene routine, what else can help keep your teeth healthy are the following tips:
- Avoid frequent snacking
- Avoid acidic drinks or limit their consumption to a minimum
- Visit your dentist regularly for a routine dental check-ups
- Refrain from smoking as it is bad for your teeth too