There are many oral hygiene aids available to help you keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy in between your cleaning appointments. Here are a few of the most common oral hygiene aids for home care:
- Interdental Cleaners – Interdental brushes are often recommended in addition to dental floss. These are tiny toothbrushes that are very gentle on the gums. They effectively clean the contours of the teeth and in between the gums.
- Mouth Rinses – There are two types of mouth rinses – cosmetic rinses to temporary suppress bad breath, and therapeutic rinses, which may or may not require a prescription. Therapeutic rinses are regulated by the FDA and contain active ingredients to reduce bad breath, plaque, and cavities. You should use a mouth rinse after brushing.
- Oral Irrigators – Oral irrigators such as Water Jets and Waterpiks help clean debris from the gum line by continuously spraying water from tiny jets. Oral irrigators have been proven effective at lowering the risk of periodontal disease, but they should not be used to replace brushing, flossing, or routine dental cleanings.
- Rubber Tip Stimulators – Rubber tip stimulators help remove plaque around the gum line and stimulate blood flow to the gums. Rinse off the plaque from the tip with water, and be sure to replace the tip of your stimulator as soon as it starts to appear worn.
- Tongue Cleaners – Tongue cleaners are devices designed to remove the buildup of bacteria, food debris, and fungi from the tongue surface. Tongue cleaners may be made from metal, wood, or plastic. Clean your tongue before brushing to prevent ingestion of fungi and bacteria.
For more information about oral hygiene aids, and to schedule your appointment with our friendly dentist in Glendale, Arizona, Dr. Dorsey W. Baker, please contact our office today at 602-942-0623.