From toothbrushes to toothpaste to interdental brushes, there are a lot of different products on the market.
Manufacturers are producing a greater variety of toothbrushes incorporating different designs for handles, heads and bristles.
There are many different types of toothpastes on the market. The "all in one" toothpaste contains a combination of agents to reduce tartar formation, improve gum health and prevent tooth decay. It is important to check that the effectiveness of toothpastes claiming improved or new formulations have been “clinically proven”. Talk to a member of your Dental team for advice.
Over the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in over-the-counter sales of mouthrinses. In particular, teenagers and young adults are purchasing these products as mouthrinsing has become part of the normal grooming process. From a health promotion point of view, this is a welcome trend since most of the mouthrinses sold contain therapeutic agents to control various oral health conditions such as caries, plaque/ gingivitis, tooth wear and halitosis.
Interdental cleaners are tools used to better clean the gums and between the teeth, tools such as dental floss and woodsticks. Even the most efficient toothbrushing technique would not result in removal of all plaque deposits. Whilst mouthrinsing will help in further plaque control, use of dental floss and woodsticks are often recommended by dentists and dental hygienists.