Maintaining proper oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to keep your whole body healthy — but it’s about more than just brushing your teeth every night and going to the dentist for a cleaning every year or two.
There are plenty of great dental care products that you can buy in your local drugstore, or even online, that will help you keep your pearly whites clean and bright — but if you’re like most people, you probably don’t know much about what each of these products can do! Here’s a quick guide to a few of the most common and helpful oral hygiene products that you might not be familiar with yet:
Dental scalers: These dental picks are what you typically see in the dentist’s office; they’re about the size of a pen and there’s a metal hook on the very end which is used to scrape plaque off the teeth and clean it out from in between the teeth. It’s important to learn how to use a dental scaler before you start incorporating this into your regular teeth cleaning schedule, but it can provide a little extra cleaning if necessary.
Flossers: Dental flossers are often small and disposable — perfect for one-time use when you’re on the go! Flossers make it even easier to floss your teeth and can be used just as often as regular floss should be used (i.e., every single day!).
Night guards for teeth grinding: If you suffer from bruxism — teeth grinding — then there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with mouth guards. These are inexpensive plastic guards that fit in between your teeth so that you don’t grind your teeth while sleeping.
It’s important to keep your dental care routine regular, and it’s even more important to make sure that you visit a dentist for a thorough cleaning on a regular basis. It’s easy to forget to clean your teeth, but without them, you’d be lost!