Oral hygiene to some is little more than the twice annual dental care endured in a dentist chair and the occasional efforts of at home tooth whitening kits. Halitosis is fought with gum and breath mints, and teeth cleaning is done on the fly. If this describes your lifestyle, the odds are good that you are missing one or more of the top five oral hygiene products.
Oral hygiene is impossible without a toothbrush, but which one should you choose? The ADA will be quick to point out that dental hygiene requires the use of a tooth brush that works for your particular age and gum condition, but it goes further than this. You also need a brush that works with your life. The Smile Shop sells ready brushes: teeth cleaning devices that are disposable and also pre-pasted. With this much convenience, there is not excuse for not brushing your pearly whites anywhere you are.
On the Internet there is a raging debate about whether or not SLS does a lot of harm. Virtual libraries are written about the harmful, mouth drying effects of this substance. To tell the truth, SLS only adversely affects a small number of people who have heightened sensibilities.
Nonetheless, there is no reason to put yourself in harm’s way, and it is a good idea to opt for a natural product that contains fluoride (an ADA recommendation), does not contain SLS, and is devoid of the dyes and perfumes so many other oral hygiene products contain. In other words, you want to stick with Tom’s of Maine and the company’s SLS-Free Anticavity Plus Whitening toothpaste.
3. Dental Floss
The ADA stipulates that oral health depends on the prevention of gingivitis and tooth decay, and this can be effectively done with something as simple as dental floss. Flossing once a day — and after meals when you notice a lot of particles stuck between the teeth – is the best way of maintaining oral hygiene.
4. Mouth Wash
Mouth wash is a given for any halitosis conscious consumer, but did you know that there are huge differences between the products you see on the store shelves? A good many contain alcohol, which is not always a good choice, even as it provides for antiseptic mouth and teeth cleaning action. Instead, the best kind of mouth wash currently on the market has to be Smart Mouth, which eschews gimmicks and instead has proven itself in clinical testing. It kills bacteria so efficiently that it provides for bad breath protection for 12 hours.
5. Carrots, Nuts, and Celery Sticks
Oral hygiene products in their own rights, carrots, nuts and celery sticks are not usually found in medicine cabinets. Instead, they should be in your fridge. Keep in mind that a majority of the food you are eating is soft or softened. This allows protein rich patches of biofilm to accumulate on the roof of your mouth, the back of your tongue, and also around the gum line.
Eating hard foods — such as carrots and also celery stalks and nuts – scrapes away some of these patches in between brushing and flossing; this makes them a dental hygiene product that prevents tooth decay and halitosis while at the same time promoting oral health.
Sources: http://www.smileshop.com/catsheets/Toothbrushes.asp; http://www.tomsofmaine.com; http://www.smartmouth.com/