Must-Have Products for a Healthy Smile

It’s true: Brushing and flossing your teeth and having regular dental cleanings and checkups are the cornerstones of healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Brad Greenfield, a family dentist in Lake Orion, Michigan, teaches his patients that quality oral hygiene and bi-annual trips to the dentist can help your smile last a lifetime and contribute to a high standard of overall health. Lucky for us, however, the world of dental health has become a lot handier, and there are more tools and tricks for caring for your smile than ever before.

Check out these dental care must-have products:

  • High-Tech Toothbrushes: Believe it or not, manual and electric toothbrushes clean your teeth the same. One is not better than the other; the trick is to brush your teeth- with whichever kind of toothbrush you choose- thoroughly and correctly. Ask Dr. Greenfield to explain proper brushing at your next appointment.
  • A Smarter Dental Floss: You may think that all dental flosses are created equal, but think again. With a variety of flosses, varying in thickness, flavors, and material, it’s imperative that you find the right dental floss for your needs. Dr. Greenfield and the Lake Orion team can make suggestions, if needed.
  • Interdental Cleaners: Similar to floss, these small, Christmas tree-shaped brushes are used to clean between your teeth and are especially beneficial if you have receding gums or permanent dental appliances in your mouth. Most dentists recommend interdental cleaners made by Butler, Dentek, Oral B, and Medtech Products.
  • Risk-Free Rinses: Mouthwashes and oral rinses help to clean bacteria from your inner cheeks, under your tongue, and other places in your oral cavity where a toothbrush and floss can’t reach. Additionally, oral rinses can help treat dry mouth and can include a variety of added ingredients, from fluoride to calcium, to promote healthier teeth and gums. The key to choosing a safe and effective oral rinse or mouthwash is to look for the ADA seal of approval.
  • Toothpaste for Sensitivity: If you’re teeth are particularly sensitive, try a toothpaste that’s designed to ease discomfort. These toothpastes help to protect the nerves in your teeth from the extreme temperatures that cause the discomfort you feel.
  • Guard Against Grinding: Millions of people grind their teeth and, often, the habit is subconscious, occurring during sleeping hours. Dr. Greenfield can examine your teeth for signs of bruxism (teeth grinding) and suggest solutions, including a custom-fitted night guard.

For more tips and tricks to keep your smile looking and feeling great, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry at (248) 693-6213 to reserve an appointment. As we enter the last quarter of 2011, be sure to schedule an appointment for a checkup or cleaning if we’ve only seen you once this year. Make the most of your benefits by giving your smile the attention it requires and deserves!