The current generation of power toothbrushes have been shown to be more effective at removing plaque (the sticky stuff on your teeth) and reducing gingivitis (inflammation of your gums) than manual toothbrushes alone! It is hard for all of us to gauge how long and how well we are brushing, especially our little ones!
Today’s ADA-approved power toothbrushes do the work for you by removing plaque AND timing how long you brush. We truly believe everyone should own one.
Our top choices are:
You don’t need to go to the store or online to get one! You can take one home from your next dental visit for less than you can find in the store, and we will give you a $20 manufacturer mail-in rebate.
We don’t care which one you use; just that you give your gums a workout! We recommend flossing each and every day, and making sure to wrap the floss around each tooth. Your gums will thank you for it, and it will make sensitive, bleeding gums a thing of the past!
When our gums and bone recede, we are often left with more space between our teeth. We call these areas “black triangles”: the space is often big enough that floss is no longer effective in removing plaque from these areas.
Interdental brushes come to our rescue! They are able to remove plaque underneath where our teeth touch, along the gumline, so we can prevent further bone loss and gum recession.
We love Fixodent Powder! We have found it to be more effective, and much less gunky, than the denture cream. Adhesive is often necessary for immediate dentures, a loose lower denture, or an older denture that no longer fits the way it should.
We would like to remind you that if you have had a denture longer than five years and it is not fitting as tightly as it used to, a reline or new denture is almost always superior to extra glue!
For those of us with dry mouth
Dry mouth is often related to medications and is detrimental to oral health. When we lose our ability to produce saliva, we lose the ability to wash away plaque, sugar, and bacteria from our teeth, as well as buffer the acidic foods that we eat.
People with dry mouth are much more prone to cavities, sore throats, burning sensations, and difficulty swallowing. Meticulous oral hygiene is critical for the prevention of cavities. Along with a power toothbrush, regular flossing, and the use of flouride toothpaste, we often recommend products that are made specifically to help people with dry mouth.
These recommendations from the Mayo Clinic are useful for anyone who suffers from dry mouth:
Biotene and Therabreath are two companies that make a variety of products that help with dry mouth.