Dental Hygiene

Sonic Toothbrushes

Individual studies have shown that Sonicare toothbrushes are more effective in plaque removal and reduction in gingivitis, compared to manual toothbrushes and other sonic brands.

The sonic vibration causes “cavitation”, where which tiny bubbles expand and contract in the liquid at the bristle tips. This breaks up the sticky attachment of dental plaque to the tooth, releasing the plaque.

Serene Dental Center’s suggested toothbrush – a Sonicare

Philips Sonicare

Available at Philips.com, Amazon.com, Costco and Bed, Bath & Beyond

Brush at least twice a day: In the morning, and just before bed.
Brush lightly. Brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede. Plaque cannot be totally removed by rinsing alone, but brushing lightly will effectively remove the sticky film. If you think you might brush too hard, hold your toothbrush the same way you hold a pen for a lighter grasp.
Brush for at least two minutes: Two minutes is the minimum time you need to clean all of your teeth.
Have a standard routine for brushing: Consistency is key.
Always use a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristle: The harder the brush, the greater the risk of harming your gums.
Change your toothbrush regularly: Throw away your old toothbrush after three months or when the bristles start to flare, whichever comes first. If your bristles flare much sooner than every three months, you may be brushing too hard.

Choose a brush that has a seal of approval by the American Dental Association: The type of brush you use isn’t nearly as important as brushing the right way and doing it at least twice a day.
Use proper brushing techniques: Modified Bass Brushing Technique.
Flossing is as important as brushing: It is the only way to effectively remove interdental plaque.

 

Flossing

Insert easily under braces, bridges, and implants.

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GUM EasyThread Floss 
Found at most local retailers, drug stores/pharmacies

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Crest/Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Threader Floss
Found at most local retailers, drug stores/pharmacies

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Platypus Flossers
Available at Platypus, Amazon.com

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Floss Fish
Available at FlossFish.com

300

Plackers
Found at most local retailers, drug stores/pharmacies

 

Interdental Brushes

Aid in cleaning large gaps more thoroughly, and also clean under/around crowns, bridges, and braces.

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Tepe Interdental Brush
Available at Tepe.com, Amazon.com

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GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners, Tight/Ultra Tight/Moderate/Wide
Found at most local retailers, drug stores/pharmacies

300

Plackers
Found at most local retailers, drug stores/pharmacies

 

Oral Irrigators

Oral irrigation has demonstrated a significant reduction in bleeding, gingivitis, periodontal pathogens and may also aid in a slight reduction in probing depths.

Patients who may benefit from oral irrigation include those with orthodontic appliances, implants, crown and bridge, diabetes, periodontal maintenance, gingivitis and those whose traditional oral hygiene may be less than ideal – irrigation is most effective when accompanied by brushing and flossing.

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Waterpik Waterflosser
Available at Waterpik, Amazon, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond

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ShowerBreeze Water Jet Dental Irrigator
Available at Amazon

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Shower Floss
Available at Shower Floss and Amazon

 

Tongue Cleaners

Most cases of bad breath (halitosis) are caused by bacteria on the tongue. Bacteria species which cause tooth decay and gum problems may also be found on the surface of the tongue.

Using a tongue cleaner to remove the bacteria helps to prevent bad breath and to improve oral health.

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Oolitt Tongue Cleaner
Available at Tongue Scraper USA

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GUM Tongue Cleaner
Found at most local retailers, drug stores/pharmacies

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Dr. Tung’s Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner
Available at Dr. Tung’s, Amazon