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Do you have specific smile goals? If so, good for you! Now, in order to reach your smile goals, it’s important to keep up on oral hygiene. But, in order to have a proper and effective oral hygiene routine, you need the right tools. So, our Toms River Smiles Dental dental team would like to tell you all about the tools you need to properly care for your smile. Those tools are:

Toothbrush: When it comes to choosing the right brush for your smile, a soft-bristled toothbrush is the right way to go. The soft bristles can deeply clean your chompers and also take good care of your oral tissues. If you’re contemplating between a manual or electric toothbrush, your preference is all that matters.

Toothpaste: It’s best to clean your smile with a fluoride toothpaste. This is because the fluoride can seep into your tooth enamel and strengthen it, making it strong enough to fight tooth decay and enamel erosion. You can also use a paste that helps you with certain dental issues, like desensitizing paste that helps with sensitivity or whitening toothpaste that helps with tooth discoloration.

Floss: Floss is the strongest tool to use when cleaning the crevices of your smile. However, it does not matter which type of floss you use. Feel free to use whichever product you desire. Here is a tip: If you have a hard time sliding the floss between your teeth, you might want to use waxed floss.

Mouthwash: Mouthwash is a great tool that can complete the cleaning job. But, that’s only the case if you use a beneficial product—not one that just freshens your breath. So, make sure to use one that kills bacteria and plaque as well as strengthens and nourishes your teeth.

Now, remember, when you purchase these products at the store, make sure you choose a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouth rinse that have been approved by the American Dental Association. If they have this Seal of Approval, they are the safest and most effective tools to use in an oral hygiene routine.

For more information about oral hygiene in Toms River, New Jersey, please call 732-244-1163 at your earliest convenience and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harihar Kumar if you have any concerns for your oral health or if you would like a demonstration on how to properly clean your smile. We look forward to helping you!