Having the right tools at home is essential for good oral health. Here’s what San Francisco dentist Dr. Kandar recommends for your at-home preventive care!
Mouthwash and Toothpaste
Antimicrobial mouthwashes are best at combating bad breath, and for sensitive teeth toothpaste or mouthwash that contains potassium nitrate can help in decreasing sensitivity. And avoid trendy charcoal toothpastes, as they can be too abrasive and do not remove plaque as effectively. Toothpaste and mouthwashes that contain hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can whiten teeth over time and continual daily use of products like this will also help whiten your teeth safely. Make sure to speak with Dr. Kandar before starting a whitening program at home and ask if your products are safe for you personally.
Choose the traditional floss string you wrap around your fingers over those bulky floss sticks. The excess plastic used to make the sticks is bad for the environment and the design does not allow you to reach important areas around the tooth as easily. Financial District San Francisco dentist Dr. Kandar suggests flossing at least once a day to maintain your oral health.
The maximum lifespan for a manual toothbrush is 3 months. After three months, the bristles become less effective at removing plaque from your teeth and gums. The active bacteria on a toothbrush after three months of use is enough to encourage anyone to buy a replacement asap. Soft or even extra-soft bristles are the best for your at-home oral health routine as well. Medium or hard bristles can hurt your gums and are actually less effective at removing plaque from your teeth. And choose a brush with multilevel or angled bristles. These types of brushes will substantially outperform flat-trimmed bristles for overall plaque removal.
We are fortunate to be living in a time full of technological advancements that help us live happier and healthier lives. Some clinical studies have shown that an electric toothbrush removes plaque from your teeth and gums 21% more effectively than manual brushing. If using an electric toothbrush as part of your daily routine, Financial District San Francisco dentist Dr. Kandar suggests making sure your brush has a round, oscillating head. An electric brush with a 1- or 2-minute timer can be helpful to ensure you are brushing for the appropriate amount of time as well.