Oral hygiene aids include any device used to help you care for your teeth at home. The most common oral hygiene aids are toothbrushes and dental floss, but many others exist. Our dentist may recommend one or more oral hygiene aids to help you improve your dental health. Call Samuel Yee DDS INC at 949-831-3111 for more information about oral hygiene aids in Aliso Viejo, California, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Samuel Yee DDS.
Some of the oral hygiene aids we may recommend include:
• Interdental Cleaners – these tiny brushes are gentle on the gums and very effective in cleaning the contours of the teeth in-between the gums.
• Mouth Rinses – there are two types of rinses available: cosmetic rinses and therapeutic rinses. Cosmetic rinses are sold over-the-counter, and are used to temporarily suppress bad breath. Therapeutic rinses may or may not require a subscription, as they are regulated by the FDA and contain active ingredients used to reduce bad breath, plaque, and cavities. Mouth rinses should be used after brushing your teeth.
• Oral Irrigators – oral irrigators clean debris from below the gum line. The two most common oral irrigators are Water Jets and Waterpiks. Water is continuously sprayed from tiny jets into the gum pockets, and is an effective way to reduce your risk of gum disease. Oral irrigators do not eliminate the need for brushing, flossing, or routine professional cleanings.
• Rubber Tip Stimulators – Rubber tip stimulators remove plaque from around the gum line and stimulate blood flow to the gums. To use a rubber tip stimulator, gently trace the device along the outer and inner gum line at least once each day. Replace the tip as soon as it starts to appear worn, and store it in a cool, dry, place. Rinse after use.
• Tongue Cleaners – These devices remove the buildup of bacteria, fungi, and food debris from the tongue surface, reducing bad breath and other problems related to bacteria on the tongue. Tongue cleaning should be done prior to brushing. Tongue cleaning devices may be made of metal, wood, or plastic, and are shaped in accordance with the tongue.
To learn more about oral hygiene aids and make your appointment with our dental professionals, call our office today.