Many people understand that a daily oral hygiene routine is extremely important, but a lot of the time, they are using the wrong tools. Dentists today often see patients with damaged gums and worn teeth because they are using dental care products that damage the oral cavity. For the protection of your teeth, gums, and entire mouth, dentists strongly recommend the use of these dental care tools: • Toothbrush: When in search for a toothbrush, it is best to choose one with soft bristles. A soft-bristled toothbrush is a great choice for both children and adults, and it is extremely beneficial for those with sensitive teeth and gums. Hard-bristled toothbrushes are unsuccessful in removing plaque and they are likely to damage your teeth and gums. If you are trying to decide whether to use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, your preference is all that matters. As long as it has soft bristles and it is effective in cleaning your teeth, either toothbrush will work just fine. • Toothpaste: The best way to choose the most beneficial toothpaste is by asking your dentist for suggestions, that way he or she can recommend a product based on your specific situation. Generally, dentists recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association. With this type of product, your teeth will be nourished and strengthened with safe and effective toothpaste. • Mouthwash: Mouthwash is more than something that just freshens your breath; it is a product that can protect your oral cavity from disease, bacteria, decay, and infection. When choosing a specific type of mouthwash, make sure it is one that kills bacteria or contains fluoride. Also, keep in mind that alcohol-based mouthwash should not be used by children ages 6 and younger in the likely event that they will swallow it. If you have any questions, our dental team is thrilled to help you if you simply give our dental office a call. We look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you have always wanted!