q&AfabricDo you know exactly what you should purchase as you stroll down the dental hygiene aisle of your local drugstore? Or, do you become somewhat overwhelmed as your eyes dart to-and-fro in an attempt to take in the exceptional offering of toothpastes, toothbrushes, and dental floss? Don’t worry – you’re not the only person who has ever felt at a loss for which preventive care product is best to purchase. For some help with narrowing down your decisions, we suggest you consider a few informative questions and answers.

Questions and Answers: Preventive Products

Question: What type of toothbrush should I buy for myself for effective preventive care? I see so many different options that I’m not sure how to choose.

Answer: First, you should be able to use it to access all of your teeth without straining your mouth or jaws. You should also double check the packaging to make sure the bristles are “soft.” If the package reads “medium” or “hard” bristles, the toothbrush may abrade your teeth.

Question: Can I buy a toothpaste according to flavor? Does it need to have fluoride in it or is that unimportant?

Answer: You may certainly choose a flavor you like. To ensure it will also protect your oral health, choose the following: Toothpaste with fluoride that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) – search for a seal of acceptance.

Question: How should I go about selecting dental floss that will make my experience enjoyable and comfortable at the same time? Is there a way to determine whether I’m making a good purchase for my preventive care?

Answer: Choose a flavor you love. Choose waxed if your teeth are close together – otherwise, you may choose waxed or unwaxed depending on which you prefer. Look for a soft or satin finish if you experience gum sensitivity as you floss. Again, the ADA Seal of Acceptance will let you know the product is an effective one.