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   Simon W Rosenberg, DMD

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April 5, 2007 Newsletter

Shocking Proposition:
Selecting the Best (and Safest) Dental Products

An Israeli company says it has created a device that will protect teeth from cavities for 5 whole years. The catch? You start by slathering a special gel inside a form-fitting mouth tray tethered to an electrical outlet, inserting it over your teeth, and then zapping it with electricity. (Yikes!) Sounds a bit dangerous, doesn’t it?

When it comes to dental care, or anything else related to your health or well-being, it’s best to stick with science that’s been used and tested for years. Getting caught up in new fads may not only be disappointing, but downright dangerous. Here are some tips for selecting dental products that are guaranteed safe and effective.

Selecting a Toothbrush

When it comes to basic dental care, nothing tops brushing. If you choose to use a manual toothbrush, be sure that it is small enough to reach your entire mouth easily. Also, bristles that are too firm can cause your gums to bleed. Those who prefer something a bit more convenient and comfortable might consider an electric toothbrush. Be sure the head is soft and the bristles move in a back-and-forth motion.

Picking a Dental Floss

It’s amazing how much variety you can find in dental floss. From regular dental floss or ribbon to dental flossers, it’s easy to find something that works well for you. All types remove cavity-causing plaque and food debris from between your teeth. Here are a few of your choices:

  • Dental Flossers: Often regarded as being easier to manage than conventional floss, flossers are a popular choice. There’s no need to wrap any excess thread around your fingers, which some find uncomfortable. 
  • Conventional Floss: There’s nothing wrong with sticking with traditional types of floss. Just tear off a piece at least 18 inches long and wind it around your index fingers. If you find traditional thread-like floss is uncomfortable for your gums, try dental ribbon, its smoother counterpart. 
  • Floss Threaders: If you have a fixed bridge in your mouth, it doesn’t mean you get out of flossing. Nifty little floss threaders allow you to thread (gasp!) the floss between your teeth, under the bridge work. 

Finding the Perfect Toothpaste 

From whitening to ultra-sensitive, there are a multitude of toothpastes available on today’s market. How do you choose? Start by selecting one with fluoride, which will prevent cavities. Other things to consider are flavor, whitening potential, tartar control and price. Often the biggest difference between two brands is packaging, so don’t get hung up on the finer details. Consider selecting fun flavored toothpaste for children, as it will encourage them to brush regularly (though don’t let them swallow!). Very young children require a fluoride-free variety for safety.

Picking a Mouthwash

Mouthwash can not only freshen your breath, but kill germs and bacteria that lead to cavities. Try to select a formula with fluoride. Many contain alcohol, which dries up the protective saliva in your mouth, so it's best avoided. While mouthwash a wonderful dental product, however, please remember that it cannot replace regular flossing and brushing. In our office we feature Smart Mouth alcohol-free fresh breath mouthwash with zinc to control bad breath.

Remember, your health is our first concern. Please do not hesitate to call our office at (212)988-8822 or email us at info@DrSimonRosenberg.com with your dental care questions, or to schedule a check-up!

Best Regards,

Dr. Simon W. Rosenberg

P.S. If you have any friends or family members who you feel could use our services, please don't hesitate to have them call us. We'll be sure to take good care of them.

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