This article brought to you by Dr. alan Neal, FAGD, of Neal Family Dental, Insider Family Dentistry Expert

Dr. Alan Neal, FAGD

Toothbrush – manual or electric? A manual toothbrush should be replaced every 2 to 3 months, it should have angled or multilevel bristles and buy the soft bristles. Toothbrushes with multilevel bristles do a better job of cleaning your teeth. Medium or hard bristles are too abrasive and can remove both tooth structure and gum tissue, exposing the root surface. An electric toothbrush removes plaque more effectively than a manual one. We have found, in our practice, that the vibrating models head models are better at reducing gingivitis and plaque, stimulating

the gums, and plaque buildup than the rotating ones.

Mouthwash – to fight bad breath choose a mouthwash with

chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide and cetylpyridinium chloride

(Colgate Total Mouth rinse or Cepacol); and essential oils like

eucalyptol, menthol, thymol and methyl salicylate (Listerine).

Flouride will help fight cavities and cetylpyridinium chloride and

chlorhexidine fight plaque and gingivitis.

Toothpaste – don't bother with trendy "activated" charcoal or

natural pastes, they are abrasive and ineffective. Do choose a toothpaste with potassium nitrate for sensitive teeth. For gingivitis and bleeding gums a paste with stannous fluoride

will help (Crest ProHealth tooth paste and mouth rinse).

Floss – a thicker, more rigid floss is the best choice. The thinner stuff doesn't grab the gunk between your teeth and those floss sticks can't wrap around your tooth. Water flossers are a good alternative, but if you love them choose one that delivers 50 to 90 psi (below the 5 setting on WaterPiks) to avoid damaging gum tissue.

Whitening products talk to your dentist before starting a

whitening program at home.

One more piece of necessary equipment - your dentist. Keep up

with checkups and see Dr. Neal in Canby, OR.


333 NW 3rd Ave

Canby, OR 97013


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