2 Products You Should Avoid

August 18, 2016

When you’re strolling through the store, scrolling online, or speaking with friends, you might find yourself introduced to a new dental hygiene product or new idea that sounds like a great plan. However, upon closer inspection, you might notice that most products that seem a little too convenient or easy might be just that. Remember that the best way to proceed is always to run this new idea past us, so we can give it a thumbs up (or thumbs down). For now, we would like to cover a couple items that frequently come up during visits, so you’ve got a head start on some things to avoid.

#1: Abrasive Toothpaste

The idea of exfoliating your teeth with abrasive toothpaste might leave you envisioning sparkling teeth. Unfortunately, it can end up leaving them dull and scraped. Instead, remember that the best option for a glittering smile is delicate care. Avoid abrasive paste and stick with a soft-bristle toothbrush for best dental hygiene results.

#2: Floss Picks

Let’s clarify quickly that floss picks are not always a bad idea. You might want to keep a few on hand, so you can quickly dislodge food from between your teeth when you are out and about or carefully slip a piece of pepper from along your gumline without using your dirty fingertips to do so. What you shouldn’t do, however, is replace your daily dental floss with a pick. Too much use of the picks can cause damage (it’s never wise to use a pointy object on your gums or teeth) and using one tiny piece of floss for your entire smile will only drag bacteria around instead of remove plaque during dental hygiene sessions.


At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.

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