5 Recommendations From A Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic DentistWhen it comes to making recommendations, central Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Carol Ford likes to individualize her advice for the patient sitting in her treatment chair. “People need to be treated uniquely.  There isn’t a single oral hygiene product that is good for absolutely everyone,” she says. However, while a cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Ford will typically want to examine you before giving you advice to optimize the health of your teeth and gums, there are a few things that can be recommended on a general basis. Here are five oral health product recommendations from Dr. Ford, with important caveats to accompany each.

5 Recommendations From Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Carol Ford

  1. Floss: Ford notes that woven floss offers superior effectiveness for removing plaque, but it can be harder to find than today’s standard brands. It’s also more difficult to use for some people, and this can impact how often patients are willing to floss.
  2. Toothbrushes: Ford recommends Sonicare and Braun Oral B mechanical toothbrushes. Research shows that these powered toothbrushes can be more effective at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes. Look for a high quality brush with multiple settings and a timer.
  3. Mouthwash: For over-the-counter (OTC) mouthwashes, look for a brand containing no alcohol. However, be advised OTC mouthwashes rarely do much for the health of your teeth and gums, says Dr. Ford.
  4. Toothpaste: Ford often recommends Crest Whitening and Sensodyne toothpaste to her clients. But since toothpaste recommendations often relate to a specific issue, many of Dr. Ford’s patients use prescription toothpastes to treat individual oral health challenges.
  5. Whitening Products: If you want a brighter smile, Dr. Ford says Crest Whitestrips can provide good results. They can be cumbersome to use, and results do take some time to become apparent. In-office whitening and/or whitening take-home kits provided by your cosmetic dentist will give superior results compared to OTC products, she notes.

“Just as when cosmetic dentists discuss how often you should brush or floss or visit the dentist, when we speak about which hygiene products to use, it’s fairly simple to make general recommendations for patients to consider,” Dr. Ford says. “But it’s best to visit your cosmetic dentist regularly and receive recommendations tailored to your unique oral health situation.”

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