Depending on your oral health needs, Drs. Andrew McDonald, Trang Thai, and Valerie De Leon may recommend oral hygiene aids. Oral hygiene aids enhance your homecare routine and help you avoid future dental problems. Call AZ Dental at 408-227-6000 to learn more about oral hygiene aids in San Jose, California, and make your appointment with our dentists.
Common oral hygiene aids include:
- Interdental Cleaners – interdental brushes are often recommended by hygienists and periodontists in addition to using dental floss. These tiny brushes are very gentle on the gums, and effectively clean the contours of your teeth between the gums.
- Mouth Rinses – there are two basic types of mouth rinses, cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic rinses are sold over counter, and temporarily suppress bad breath. Therapeutic rinses are regulated by the FDA and contain active ingredients to reduce bad breath, plaque, and cavities. You may or may not need a prescription to purchase a therapeutic rinse.
- Oral Irrigators – oral irrigators work to clean debris from below the gum line by spraying tiny gets of water into the gum pockets. They are effective at lowering the risk of gum disease, but do not take the place of brushing, flossing, or professional dental cleanings. Common oral irrigators include Water Jets and Waterpiks.
- Rubber Tip Stimulators – rubber tip stimulators help remove plaque from around the gum line and stimulate blood flow to the gum. Simply trace the stimulator gently along the outer and inner gum line at least once each day. Rinse it off with tap water to remove any plaque that accumulates on the tip. Replace the tip as soon as it begins to look worn, and store your stimulator in a cool, dry place.
- Tongue Cleaners – tongue cleaners are designed to remove the buildup of bacteria, fungi, and food debris from the tongue surface, reducing your bad breath. Tongue cleaners also reduce the likelihood that a systemic disease (such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and stroke) will by worsened by or contribute to the bacteria in your mouth. Tongue cleaning should be done prior to brushing to prevent the ingestion of fungi and bacteria.
For more information about oral hygiene aids, and to make your appointment with our dentists, contact our office today.