Top Preventive Dental Products for Your Oral Health
Recommendations for Good At-Home Preventative Dental Care
It’s critical to visit your biomimetic dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. The majority of the time, however, you’re on your own with your oral health care routine. Using the right tools and cleansing products will ensure that your teeth, gums, and mouth stay healthy in between every visit to the dentist, while keeping tooth decay and other oral health problems at bay.
Electrify Your Oral Health Routine
Quite often, people confuse aggressive dental care with healthy dental care. How hard you brush your teeth, however, can actually do more harm than good. Brushing with a heavy hand can damage your tooth enamel and lead to gum recession or bleeding. Using an electric Philips Sonicare Toothbrush ensures that you are using the right pressure on your teeth when cleaning without hurting your oral health in the process.
Good dental care is also about adequately cleaning your gums, and that means flossing every day. Some patients have sensitive gums, and that may discourage them from flossing properly. The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser has various pressure settings so you can clean in between your teeth, deeper and more thoroughly than traditional brushing and flossing. The Waterpik also massages and stimulates gums in order to enhance circulation and help maintain gum health. Effective flossing reduces the risks of developing gingivitis, gum disease, and plaque build-up.
Get a Deep-Down Tooth Cleanse
There are so many varieties of toothpastes on the market, and the majority are approved by the American Dental Association. While you really can’t go wrong as long as you are cleaning your teeth properly and regularly, there are some products that can enhance your oral health. PreviDent 5000 Booster Plus is a prescription-strength toothpaste from Colgate that contains 1.1% sodium fluoride. This high concentration of fluoride helps cut down on cavities. If you’re prone to developing cavities or have thin enamel that makes you more susceptible to decay, your biomimetic dentist may recommend this product.
Baking soda has long been a powerful cleaning agent for all manner of stains, so it should come as no surprise that Baking Soda Cleansing Powder is highly recommended for teeth. Over the course of 24 hours, this cleansing powder increases the pH in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from surviving and minimizes cavities. Baking Soda Trays are even available for this same purpose, though in a more intensive manner. The trays are worn for one minute every day and this effort infuses the pockets around your teeth with baking soda to cleanse and protect.
Of course, the good old Fluoride Treatment is always recommended by biomimetic dentists, especially for patients with sub-par tooth enamel. Demineralization that occurs without the proper amount of remineralization for counterbalance means the enamel is not repaired and, as a result, tooth decay could easily occur. Fluoride helps make teeth more resistant to acid attacks from the sugar and plaque that are in your mouth, thereby preventing tooth decay and even reversing early tooth decay.
Treat Your Jaw Problems
Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding or TMJ, can cause incredible jaw pain and is the source of frustrating side effects, like broken, cracked, or worn-down teeth. The Aqualizer is a mouthpiece that is recommended for people who need extra assistance in putting a stop to their bad habit of clenching and grinding their teeth. Your biomimetic dentist may recommend you temporarily wear this mouthpiece. The use of an Aqualizer can also alert a dentist to the severity of your bruxism – if you break through a mouthpiece within a few nights, more intensive therapy will be needed to correct this problem. Created from a strip of plastic, the Aqualizer has a flexible pad on each end in order to relieve TMJ pain by resetting the jaw in a more forward position.
While adults may be plagued with TMJ, children are not immune to daily stress or teeth grinding, and many are born with jaw and teeth positions that indicate a need for orthodontia later in life. Enter the Myo Munchie, a device that has introduced “facial aerobics” to children between the ages of 3 and 6. This inexpensive tool helps strengthen facial muscles and has been known to minimize the need for orthodontic treatment for some children. Used for as little as 30 minutes a day for about 6 months, the Myo Munchie can be classified as a preventive treatment, helping kids break habits like tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, and poor chewing habits. The Myo Munchie improves muscle tone, stimulate the gums, exercises mouth muscles, promotes salivary flow, prevents nighttime clenching, and is available in a range of sizes and shapes to fit appropriately with a number of oral health problems.
Every patient’s mouth and oral health needs are different. Find out what your biomimetic dentist recommends for you. Make an appointment with Moorestown Dental Professionals in New Jersey.