Use Soft Brush on Teeth
Thursday October 1, 1998

Dear Dr. Mady: I have so many unanswered questions when it comes to choosing oral care products, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. What do you think?--A consumer

Dear consumer:

When shopping for oral care products it's common to become confused with the great variety available on the market.

A good place to start is with a dental association seal such as the ADA, ODA, or CDA on packages. Products that carry one or more of these seals include toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouthwashes, flosses, and inter-dental cleaners.

Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months, or sooner if the bristles appear frayed or severely worn. Always purchase a soft or ultra-soft bristle brush because the medium or hard bristle type may cause unnecessary damage or wear to your teeth and gums.

The bristles on your brush should be polished so that they are more gentle. Use a size and shape that allows you to clean all surfaces of your teeth comfortably. Children may wear out their toothbrushes more quickly than adults.

Shopping for floss and other related items can be even more frustrating. When it comes to floss, choose a type, whether waxed or unwaxed, that adapts the best to your teeth and gums.

Waxed flosses seem to be more gentle, and they are available in thick or thin versions.

Mouthwashes that contain antibacterial qualities are best for rinsing and gargling.

Other oral cleaning devices and stimulators may be prescribed by your dentist specifically to suit your own dental needs. Ask your dentist or hygienist what they think.
This column is reprinted with the permission of the author and The Windsor Star. "Ask the Dentist" is written by Windsor dentist (and ECDS member), Dr. David Mady Jr.. The column appears the first Thursday of each month in the Windsor Star. Readers with questions can write to "Ask The Dentist", c/o The Windsor Star, 167 Ferry St., Windsor Ontario, N9A 4M5



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