The Dental Necessities: Best of the best for 2016
Just in case you ever wondered what a dentist uses at home. My personal favourites as an independent opinion without affiliations are outlined.
1. Oral B Black -> NOW REPLACED BY ORAL B GENIUS 9000 | PROFESSIONAL CARE SERIES
This is absolutely the best electric toothbrush I have ever used. Far superior to the Oral B Triumph that I used to own. Rates your cleaning out of 5 stars, times your cleaning, has a pressure sensor and smiles on a guide at you when you're finished. The best tooth brushes are in the professional series, with a pressure sensor and timer. They are much more effective and durable than the cheaper electric toothbrushes.
Brush for 2 minutes morning and night, never forget the night time clean and no snacking at all after, even a drink of milk. Don't bother with the supermarket rechargeable ones, they break quickly and they're useless. Smaller kids don't usually like these because they're quite powerful.
Twice daily brushing is recommended because the average person is said to clean their teeth with about 60% effectiveness in research studies.
2. Reach Access Flosser:
Floss between all of the teeth with minty refill floss cartridges, without even putting your hand in your mouth and easily clean between the very back teeth. Bacteria and food particles hide in between the teeth and need to be disturbed by flossing them out everyday otherwise it can cause the jaw bone to be eaten away, and cavities. Easy to use and refreshing.
Floss between all teeth after brushing teeth each night, making sure to move the floss against the tooth surfaces each side of the gaps to scrape off the plaque that sticks onto the teeth in these hard to reach areas.
3. Clinpro Tooth Creme Vanilla Mint by 3M is a specialist remineralising toothpaste that I have been using for years. My kids use it too but it's not for kids under 6 years of age.
4. Tooth Mousse Plus by GC: is the gold standard for strengthening teeth but it requires an extra step. You apply a pea sized amount of it after brushing and flossing and don't rinse out. Not suitable for anyone with a milk allergy.
It's good for sensitivity, teeth wearing away and helping to remineralise the teeth. I don't use this all the time.
5. Reduction of sugar intake :
Rare sugary treats and no addition of sugar or salt to anything. Mainly whole and unprocessed food. No artificial sweeteners.