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Ways To Optimize Your Oral Care Routine

A basic oral care routine is better than nothing, but investing in better products will make your routine more effective at keeping your teeth and gums healthy and reducing cavities. There are two major changes you can make to optimize your oral care routine.

Replace Manual Products

Replacing your manual dental tools with rechargeable or battery-operated alternatives can be an easy way to make your oral care routine more efficient and effective. Motorized toothbrushes are ideal if you often face challenges reaching areas in the back of your mouth or the back side of your front teeth. The motorized bristles can gently get hard-to-reach areas and clean along the gum line, which are areas where plaque is more likely to accumulate and turn into tartar. Similarly, water flossers can be more effective than manual flossing and for some people, it might be more comfortable to use them. You can use different water temperatures if you have tooth sensitivity, and the water flosser can typically be set to different intensities.

Using a water flosser may be ideal if you have teeth that are closely spaced or you have braces and find flossing is more of a struggle. People who use water flossers generally find that, with regular use, they become able to tolerate the tool better and can handle more powerful water flow from the device.

Upgrade Your Products

There are numerous products available for oral hygiene and many are formulated to target specific problems. Instead of buying basic toothpaste and mouthwash, you should utilize products that have special benefits like helping rebuild enamel or tartar control. Try to include additional products that are designed as a pre-rinse or separate treatment to soften tartar. People who find they tend to build tartar despite their best efforts will find that using additional products makes brushing and flossing more effective at preventing tartar build-up. The pre-rinse should be used before brushing since it helps loosen tartar, making it easier to brush it away. Some specialty rinses come in a powdered form and can be mixed with water to create a pre-rinse, or it can be added to your water flosser. If it's possible, adding it to your water flosser will make it easier to get the product into tight spaces and between your teeth, which are the areas more likely to accumulate tartar.

With new oral care tools and products on the market, it can be difficult to determine which ones actually make a difference. Taking advantage of the improvement in oral care technology by utilizing better tools and specialty products will make it easier to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Contact a local dentist to learn more.