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Palatine Dentist Explains Oral Hygiene Aids

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The general population is very aware that establishing and maintaining excellent oral hygiene requires routine dental checkups.  Professional cleanings every six months with Dr. Taghipour and staff at the Palatine Dentist will aid in removing harmful bacteria and plaque but patients must remember to maintain a proper daily oral hygiene regimen.  Below are some of the most useful oral hygiene aids:


Dental Flosses

The most popular interdental cleaner is dental floss which comes in a variety of types and flavors.  When properly used, dental floss is extremely effective at removing food particles and plaque from between the teeth.  Floss should normally be used twice per day after brushing.


Interdental Cleaners

Many hygienists and periodontists recommend interdental brushes along with dental floss. Interdental brushes are effective at cleaning between the gums, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the mouth. 


Mouth Rinses

Therapeutic rinses contain active ingredients that can help reduce bad breath, plaque, and cavities and are regulated by the FDA.  Cosmetic mouth rinses sold over the counter temporarily mask bad breath.  Mouth rinses should typically be used after brushing.


Oral Irrigators

Oral irrigators (such as Water Jets and Waterpicks) are effective in lowering the risk of gum disease because they clean debris from below the gum line.  Oral irrigators are an excellent dental tool but should not be used to replace routine brushing and flossing. 


Rubber Tip Stimulators

Rubber tip stimulators are an excellent tool for removing plaque around the gum line.  They also increase blood flow to the gums.  Patients should gently trace around the inner and outer gumline at least once daily.  To ensure effectiveness, please remember to replace the tip as soon as it starts to appear worn.


Tongue Cleaners

Tongue cleaners (also known as scrapers) are designed to remove bacterial buildup from the tongue.  Without proper removal, bacteria colonize on the tongue, causing bad breath and other systemic diseases.  Tongue cleaners should be used prior to brushing. 



Toothbrushes are the most common dental tool, and in most cases dentists recommend electric toothbrushes.  The vibrating or rotary motion of electric toothbrushes is a superior method to remove plaque and food particles from around the gums and teeth. They also require much less effort than a manual toothbrush.


Patients should remember to replace manual toothbrushes every three months because the worn down bristles become ineffective over time. Soft bristle toothbrushes are better for sensitive gum tissue than medium and hard bristle toothbrushes. Tooth brushing should occur twice daily or after each meal. 


If you are not sure which dental aid is best for you, check with Dr. Taghipour and staff at your Dentist in Palatine during your next visit.  We will be happy to guide through selecting the best products for your individual needs.

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