Taking the time to pamper yourself is essential to your overall health. Though you might associate pampering with bath salts, a massage, or a glass of wine and some delectable chocolates, it’s possible to indulge yourself in other ways too. Have you ever considered pampering yourself in the dental aisle at the local grocery store or pharmacy? Allowing yourself to splurge a little and explore the various options is good for your mental health and your dental health too.
How to pamper your dental health the next time you are in the dental aisle.
The next time you head to the grocery store or pharmacy, head over to that dental aisle and take some time to look through the various products. Rather than rushing through the store to grab the first toothbrush or tube of toothpaste that you see, consider our suggestions below.
Choose the right toothbrush for your dental health.
Not all toothbrushes are the same. Be on the lookout for a soft-bristled toothbrush with a head size that will brush one to three teeth at a time. A brush that is too big will be uncomfortable and one that is too small won’t be efficient or effective. Electric toothbrushes are excellent options for those with arthritis or braces or who might need extra motivation to brush their teeth.
Select the right mouthwash.
Rinsing with a mouthwash can help freshen your breath, reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities, prevent or reduce gingivitis, and more. Start by looking for a rinse that has the ADA seal of approval. This seal will reassure you that the rinse will do what it says it will do, whether it be an anti-plaque, anti-gingivitis, antibacterial, antimicrobial, or chemotherapeutic rinse. All of these mouthwashes will help to prevent the bacterial activity that can lead to gingivitis.
Pick the right floss for your dental health.
Though your dentist will often provide you with tooth floss after a dental visit, daily flossing will have you blow through that supply pretty quickly. And if you have a surplus of free floss lying around your bathroom, the chances are that you haven’t been flossing regularly enough. When looking to buy floss, know that a thinner floss is better for small spaces, and a thicker floss is better for larger ones. Avoid flosses that have been branded as super or tape, as these may be too thick to get in between your teeth.
Consider a Waterpik or water flosser.
This cool technology is not intended to replace your toothbrush or daily flossing ritual. However, a water flosser such as the Waterpik is great to use before or after your brushing. With a water flosser, water is used to safely and gently clean between your teeth.
Seek out healthy, tooth-friendly snacks for your dental health.
After you have perused the dental aisle, head on over to the store’s grocery section to pick out some tooth-friendly snacks. Stick to cheese, nuts, and fresh veggies. Avoid snacks and treats that might get stuck in the grooves of your teeth, like dried fruit, crackers, and processed foods. Be on the lookout for Zaffi Taffy and Zollipops that will satisfy your craving for sweets while being safe for your teeth too. Don’t forget to pick up some sparkling water and be mindful of healthy beverages for your teeth.
As with anything these days, new products and technologies are emerging all the time. Whenever you have some time to spare, be on the lookout for new products that can help you pamper yourself and aid in creating a happy and healthy mouth. Consider dental wipes that can help remove stains from your teeth from coffee, tea, soda, and dark-colored berries. Or, the next time you visit us here at Millennium Dental in Plano, TX, ask us about new ways to improve your health.
Let the Millennium Dental team help you pamper your dental health.
If you are looking for a new dentist in Plano, TX, be sure to pay a visit to the Millennium Dental office. Dr. Harrison and her team would love to help you with your dental care, including offering some recommendations on how you can pamper yourself the next time you are in the dental aisle.
The Millennium Dental approach to dentistry is slightly different from what you might have experienced with your past dentist. We believe in providing patient-centric dentistry. This means we will put you first rather than focus on the next service we are trying to promote. If you are ready to make an appointment, give us a call at our office or request an appointment online.
We look forward to seeing you and helping you to pamper your dental health.