~Toothbrush: Manual or electronic. For manual toothbrushes, the maximum life is about 3 months. Pick a SOFT angled Bristle toothbrush when picking the right manual toothbrush. The soft and angled bristled will help remove more plaque, while being gentle on your gums. Hard and Medium bristles can be too rough on tooth enamel and hurt your gums.
Electric toothbrushes may be more effective and easier to use than manual toothbrushes.
~Mouthwash: Helps with bad breath, fight plaque and fight gingivitis. Mouthwash with fluoride helps strengthen enamel and fight against cavities.
~Toothpaste: Use regular toothpaste. Trendy toothpaste is too rough on teeth, while natural toothpaste doesn’t do a great job of removing plaque.
~Dental Floss: Best type of floss to use is thick regular floss. It grabs more plaque off the walls of teeth. Plastic individual flossers and water floss work too, but not as effective as regular thick floss.
*Best Brushing Technique: Use up and down strokes while holding your brush in a vertical angle. Brush your gums back and forth using short and gentle strokes. Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day helps fight plaque and minimize bacteria.
*Tooth Whitening: Reduce stains and whiten teeth by using dental care product that contains hydrogen peroxide, use teeth whitening strips, baking soda or see your dentist for test bleaching trays.