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4 Dental Hygiene Products Your Dental Assistant Recommends


Taking care of your teeth is vital to good dental hygiene and to your overall health. Milwaukee Career College suggests using these 4 oral care products to improve your dental hygiene.


Manual Toothbrush vs. Electric Toothbrush

Before choosing your toothbrush, it is important to learn the correct way to brush. A general rule of thumb to follow is the two by two rule, where it is recommended to brush two times a day for two minutes each time. It is important to gently wiggle the toothbrush rather than to brush quickly in a sawing back-and-forth motion. Make sure to get the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Lastly, it is important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Option 1: Manual Toothbrush – Any ADA (American Dental Association) Certified toothbrush will do the trick. It is important to choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable. Dental assistants recommend a manual toothbrush because it allows you to clean your teeth using the proper brushing technique for optimal cleaning. They are also inexpensive and easy to travel with.

Option 2: Electric Toothbrush – It is also effective to use an ADA Certified electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are ideal because they do most of the work for you with better results. Although they cost more and require batteries or recharging, they are highly effective. Electric toothbrushes also make brushing teeth more exciting for children.


Which Toothpaste is best?

Whether you are Team Colgate or Team Crest, dental assistants recommend using toothpastes that contain fluoride. Fluoride helps to whiten teeth, improve teeth sensitivity and reduce gingivitis. Any toothpaste with the ADA Seal should contain fluoride.

There are plenty of options to choose from. Whitening toothpastes are key to brightening your smile. Toothpastes containing desensitizing ingredients may help if you have extra sensitive gums. So, grab your favorite flavor and get to brushing.


It Would Be Boss, If You Would Floss!

Flossing is a vital part to good oral health. However, very few people make flossing a part of their daily routine. The American Dental Association reports that only about four in ten Americans floss each day.

Oftentimes, people tend to neglect flossing because there are no instant results. However, flossing has many benefits. Flossing helps to remove bacteria that causes plaque or eventually tartar which can result in tooth loss or decay. If you aren’t flossing on a daily basis, I would highly recommend you start.


Freshen Your Breath with Mouthwash

No one can resist minty fresh breath. According to the ADA, mouthwash can serve one of two purposes: therapeutic or cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwash contains fluoride and is used to prevent tooth decay. On the other hand, cosmetic mouthwash is used to freshen your breath by either masking the odor or reducing bad breath bacteria. If you are continually using breath fresheners to reduce bad breath, it is recommended that you visit your dentist.


Interested in becoming a dental assistant? Milwaukee Career College offers hands-on dental assistant training programs. You can earn your dental assistant degree with MCC in a little over a few months. Milwaukee Career College also participates in a variety of financial aid programs and offers job placement assistance. Learn more about our Dental Assistant Program today!