Frequently asked questions about dental care products that keep your teeth and gums healthy

Posted: Jan 19 2021

Dental products

Is a hard or soft toothbrush better?

Our dentists always advise their patients to choose a soft bristled brush with a small head and flexible neck – this will help you clean all those hard to reach places and not aggravate your gums.

How often should you change your toothbrush?

Every 3 to 4 months and definitely before the bristles start to look frayed. If you’ve had a cold or been sick, it’s best to replace your toothbrush so you don’t get reinfected.

Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one?

It really comes down to personal choice. However, research shows an electric toothbrush provides a better clean and removes more plaque when used properly.

What’s the best toothpaste to use?

Our dentists will always recommend a fluoride toothpaste. There are many different toothpastes on the market but the majority are just marketing gimmicks and don’t really work. Occasionally your dentist might recommend a toothpaste specific to a particular dental condition.

What’s the best tool for flossing?

There are lots of options for flossing, you just need to discover which tool suits you best. Here’s a list of the most popular items:

  • Dental floss
  • Dental tape
  • Flossing picks
  • Water floss.

If you’re not sure which to use or how, ask your dentist at your next appointment.

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Visiting the dentist for regular dental check-ups is the best way to help:

  • Keep teeth and gums healthy
  • Prevent future dental problems
  • Give you a bright and more confident smile.
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Posted: Jan 19 2021


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