In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth, there are several other tools you can use at home to care for your teeth. When you visit Who Does Your Teeth, Dr. Jeffrey Neal and our hygienists can help you know what other tools you can use to care for your unique smile and situation. Not only will we provide tips for advanced at-home oral care, but our dentist will show you how to properly use oral hygiene aids in Henrico, Virginia, so you can receive maximum results. For more information, we invite you to schedule an appointment by calling our office at 804-447-1435.

Oral hygiene aids are tools that you can use to care for your smile at home. The most common tools are toothbrushes and dental floss, as dentists recommend brushing and flossing on a daily basis. While these provide adequate protection against plaque and bacteria, there are several other tools you can use to achieve maximum dental hygiene at home. Some of these tools include:

  • Tongue Cleaners:

    Some toothbrushes have tongue cleaners on the back of the head, or you can get a separate tongue cleaner tool. These can remove bacteria that causes bad breath and can be found in just about any general market store that sells toothbrushes.

  • Interdental Cleaners:

    These tools are tiny brushes that clean in between your teeth and can reach all the tricky tooth angles that are difficult for a toothbrush to reach. If you find it difficult to perform regular brushing and flossing, you can use these as a substitute.

  • Mouth Rinses:

    Using mouth rinses can remove food debris, kill bacteria, and help fight against plaque. By swishing the rinse all around your mouth and between your teeth, you can remove harmful particles that you may have missed while brushing and flossing.

  • Oral Irrigators:

    These small, handheld tools spray a concentrated stream of water that can gently clean around your gum line and in any pockets that may have formed as a result of periodontal disease. In addition to regular periodontal disease treatments, using an oral irrigator at home can help keep the infection from spreading or becoming worse.

If you have questions about these or any other oral hygiene aids, please call or visit our office. We are happy to help you know how you can take care of your mouth at home.