5 essential tools for a healthy smile

Maintaining a healthy smile involves more than just regular dental check-ups. It also requires a commitment to excellent oral hygiene at home. From toothbrushes to floss, here are some of the must-have items for keeping your smile healthy.  

  1. Toothbrush  

The cornerstone of any effective oral hygiene routine is a high-quality toothbrush. Opt for a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging your enamel and gums. Consider using an electric toothbrush, which has been proven to remove more plaque and promote better gum health compared to manual brushes. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months! 

2)   Toothpaste 

Selecting the right toothpaste is also vital to maintaining a healthy smile. Look for fluoride-containing toothpaste, as fluoride strengthens enamel and prevents tooth decay. If you have specific oral health concerns, such as sensitivity or gum issues, ask your dentist what toothpaste they would recommend for addressing your unique needs.  

3)  Dental Floss 

Don’t underestimate the power of dental floss! Flossing may be easy to forget, but it is important for maintaining one’s smile, as it removes plaque and debris from areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. Make flossing a daily habit to ensure a comprehensive oral care routine. 

4)  Mouthwash 

Incorporating an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash into your routine provides an additional layer of protection against bacteria. Mouthwash helps reduce plaque, fight bad breath, and promote a healthier oral environment. Ask your dentist about what mouthwash they recommend. 

5)  Tongue scraper 

Don’t forget about your tongue! A tongue scraper is a simple yet effective tool for removing bacteria and debris from the surface of your tongue, helping to combat bad breath and promote overall oral freshness. 

Maintaining your oral hygiene involves a combination of professional dental care and a diligent at-home routine. By investing in the right tools and consistently practicing good habits, you can keep your smile happy and healthy.  

Call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo., to get an appointment scheduled.