Oral Care Products (Preventatives)
Soft bristled compact head toothbrushes are dental hygiene products commonly recommended for plaque removal. The best toothbrush is the one that reaches each individual tooth easily. Electric or powered toothbrushes have been shown to do a better job of cleaning teeth for many people.
Other oral care products include toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss. These products are often referred to as preventatives. Toothpaste that contains fluoride strengthens tooth enamel. There are many formulations and flavors of fluoride toothpaste available. Some of these treat conditions like sensitive teeth or are designed to whiten teeth. There is also toothpaste available for those who wish to avoid fluoride.
Mouthwash helps freshen breath and control bacteria. It is available with or without alcohol. Fluoride rinses are mouth cleaning products used to strengthen teeth and prevent decay.
To maintain gum health, regular use of dental floss is essential. It comes in many flavors, sizes, and textures. Floss holders and water irrigation devices can also be used to clean the surfaces between the teeth.
Major manufacturers of oral care products include Crest, Colgate, Listerine, Oral-B, Sonicare, ACT, Gum, and Scope.