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Using the right tools for the job has always been invaluable, and just as much so when it comes to your dental hygiene care. You can’t go wrong using products stamped with the American Dental Association Seal which affirms that they do what they say they will, and are safe to you on your oral tissues. So let’s take a look at your toothbrush and toothpaste options today.

Your toothbrush is going to work hard for you, so choose the best one for the job. Soft-bristles take care of tooth enamel and gum tissue while ridding your them of oral bacteria, food particles, and plaque. Rounded bristles are gentle on the gums, and a small to medium toothbrush head is optimal for small mouths. Electric or battery-powered toothbrushes work well for people who can’t spend two minutes brushing each time they clean because the bristles do the hard work in less time. Caring for your brush means air drying it in between each use, and replacing it when the bristles start to lose their shape or every 3-4 months.

When it comes to your toothpaste, you want to use the one that addresses your needs. So, a fluoride toothpaste is perfect for fighting cavities as it strengthens tooth enamel. If you have been struggling with red, bleeding gums when you brush, an anti-gingival toothpaste can help. If your dentist is noticing lots of tartar buildup (hardened plaque), using a tartar-control toothpaste can support your oral health best. Are tooth stains bothering you? If so, try a whitening toothpaste to noticeably lighten stains and brighten your teeth. A desensitizing toothpaste will help you cope with tooth pains when you consume hot or cold items by blocking the pain signals.

To support your daily oral hygiene efforts, see your dentist every six months for professional cleanings and checkups. You can call our Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. team in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, at 970-945-9119 to schedule your next visit with our dentist, Dr. Corey Johnson.