Dental Tools

Written by Patricia Skinner
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There are many different kinds of dental tools that we can use at home to improve the cleanliness and look of our teeth. The basic tool that everyone knows about is the toothbrush. The latest in toothbrushes is the "indicator" which is a patch of colored bristles that lose their color when it's time to renew your toothbrush. This makes it a lot easier for busy people to remember to get themselves a new brush when it's time.

Oral B has been making the best toothbrushes for decades. They now have toothbrushes that have "three degree brushing," designed to reach into every nook and cranny of your mouth. Powered toothbrushes are the last word in automated toothbrushing and will help you to keep your teeth spotlessly clean. They're fast, but gentle action, provides you with a lot more brushing than what you'd get with the same time using an ordinary toothbrush.

However, dentists now assert that a comprehensive dental hygiene routine should include flossing as well as brushing. Floss can reach the spaces between the teeth that are perfect harbors for plaque and bacteria if they're not cleaned properly. If you find it difficult to use floss, try using a special flossing accessory that will make the process a lot easier.

Dental Irrigation

Some users swear by dental irrigation tools, such as the Water Pik or Hydro Floss. These direct a jet of water into the mouth that safely and thoroughly flushes debris, plaque and bacteria out, wherever they're hiding. These tools are ideal for anyone who is suffering from any degree of gum disease, as they can help to halt the vicious cycle that caused the trouble in the first place. Only an irrigation tool will allow you to clean inside gum pockets satisfactorily.

If you grind your teeth at night, you'll need to try and do something about it. Grinding the teeth can damage the enamel and even deaden the roots of teeth from the constant pressure. You can buy a night guard that will help to prevent the habit. There are several different makes on sale.

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