My favourite products
A lot of people ask me which electric toothbrush I use and this is it! I prefer Oral-B due to its circular brush head which gets into hard to reach areas. This particular brush is the "Genius" because it is compatible with bluetooth via the Oral-B app which allows you to monitor your brushing habits (brush positioning, brushing pressure, areas missed etc)
There are other cheaper, less high tech options available of course.
Tip: look for a brush that has the ADA seal of approval.
I often recommend a water flosser for more efficient/ effective flossing! This works great if you have braces, low manual dexterity or if you hate to floss (I know you hate flossing...) The Waterpik uses a stream of pulsating high pressure water to clean the plaque and debris off your teeth.
This method is definitely messy and requires some practice.
I still recommend using traditional sting floss a few times a week in combination with water flossing for maximum cleanliness
Johnson & Johnson floss
This faxed floss is defenitly my go to. Its cleans the teeth great and doesn't tear or shred!
Tongue scrapping is often over looked, frankly a huge pet peeve to a dental hygienist. The tongue is the main source of stinky breath.
I recommend tongue scrapping morning and night.
scrape the tongue in one direction (not back and forth) to prevent spreading bacteria instead of getting rid of it!!
You can never go wrong with mouth rinse as the final step to your oral hygiene routine. I use this alcohol free Listerine to avoid the dreaded burning sensation often associated with mouthwash
I always keep a pack of these in my purse, car, you name it. You never know when you'll eat something loaded with onions and garlic and need a little pick me up