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Choosing the Best Toothpaste and Toothbrush for Good Oral Hygiene
Do you take your oral care products for granted? When was the last time you really thought about your toothpaste or mouthwash? If it has been a while, it may be time to make sure you are using the right products.
Brushing your teeth is about more than getting rid of bits of food. Proper oral care will help your teeth, your gums and your overall good health by removing damaging bacteria. So, what do you really need in a toothpaste? Most people need to use a product that contains fluoride and that fights plaque and tartar. However, you can also find whitening products as well as pastes that protect and strengthen overly sensitive teeth. Of course, you will also find a full range of flavors; while mint is the most popular, Marvis offers exotic flavor variations like ginger-mint and jasmine.
The other half of the brushing equation is your toothbrush. Make sure you are using the right size brush for your mouth – it should comfortably fit to brush the front and backs of your back-most teeth. Brushes also are rated from extra soft to hard or firm; most people should use a soft brush for everyday brushing. It is important to brush your tongue as well as your teeth; alternately, you can use a tongue cleaner on your tongue each day.
Good oral hygiene doesn’t end with brushing, however. Flossing is critical for getting to those tight spots between teeth, where food can hide and cause bacteria to form. A good floss will slide comfortably between your teeth, allowing you to dislodge any buildup. A mouthwash or rinse can also help your oral health. While most mouthwashes are designed to freshen breath, many also kill bacteria and some can strengthen or whiten teeth as well. Look for one that leaves your mouth feeling fresh and energized.
Spend a few minutes today to ensure you are using the best products for your oral care. It may seem like a small thing, but it can have a big impact on your health.