You already know that brushing and flossing are the foundation of good dental health, but what about the products you use for the process? Choosing the right oral health products and tools can help you and your family maintain optimal oral health. But you don’t have to go it alone; we’ve got some tips to help you choose the rights stuff.
The most important thing to remember when choosing a toothpaste brand is ensuring that it’s approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). If it is, you’ll see the ADA seal on the box. You’ll also want to look for a paste that contains fluoride, a mineral that can help strengthen your teeth and prevent decay. If you’re looking for a toothpaste that will encourage your kiddos to brush regularly, choose one marketed to kids; a cool tube or fun flavor might help them develop good oral hygiene. Both gel and paste have similar properties, so you can select the type that you like best.
As a general rule, when you select toothbrushes for you and your kids, you’ll want to choose soft bristles. Often, medium and hard bristled brushes actually damage the teeth and gums. For adults, a half-inch toothbrush head is likely the best size to help you access all surfaces of your teeth. Plus, your toothbrush should have a handle long enough that you can easily reach every tooth. Whatever toothbrush you choose, make sure it’s been approved by the ADA, which will be reflected in an ADA seal on the box.
When it comes to your kids, the most important part of choosing a toothbrush is selecting one that they will actually use. Dental hygiene habits can be difficult to instill in young kids, so making teeth brushing a “fun” event can help instill good habits at a young age. Make an occasion of picking out a toothbrush at the store; your little one will be excited to use what he or she picked out.