Oral homecare routines should be practiced daily in order to avoid future dental problems. While regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining excellent oral hygiene, they are not a complete solution. Professional cleanings twice a year together with daily self-cleaning removes a high amount of disease-causing bacteria and plaque. Additionally, teeth well cared for make for a sparkling white smile.
Some of the most common oral hygiene aids for homecare are:
- Dental Flosses
–Dental floss is made from either polyethylene ribbons or thin nylon filaments and helps remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth. Floss should normally be used twice daily after brushing.
- Interdental Cleaners – These tiny brushes are gentle on the gums and very effective in cleaning the contours of teeth in between the gums.
- Mouth Rinses
– Mouth rinses should generally be used after brushing. The two basic types of mouth rinses are cosmetic rinses sold over the counter to suppress bad breath and therapeutic rinses which may or may not require a prescription.
- Oral Irrigators
– Oral irrigators were created to clean debris from below the gum line, with water being sprayed continuously from tiny jets into the gum pockets to help remove harmful bacteria and food particles.
- Rubber Tip Stimulators – The rubber tip stimulator is traced gently along the outer and inner gum line. This is is an excellent tool for removing plaque from around the gum line and to stimulate blood flow to the gums.
- Tongue Cleaners
– In order to prevent the ingestion of fungi and bacteria, tongue cleaning is done prior to brushing. Tongue cleaners are special devices designed to remove the buildup of bacteria, fungi and food debris from the tongue surface.
- Toothbrushes – Dentists usually recommend electric toothbrushes because they are more effective than manual brushes, since the vibrating or rotary motion helps dislodge plaque and remove food particles around the gums and teeth. While the same results can be obtained with a manual brush, much more effort is required to do so. Soft bristle toothbrushes are far less damaging to gum tissue than medium and hard bristle varieties.