Given the plethora of dental hygiene products available on the market, it may sometimes appear difficult to find the right selection – and we don’t just mean something that is right for you, but is also generally approved, as well as recommended by the experts. Read on to find out what the current opinions on toothbrushes, toothpastes and types of floss are, then make up your mind as to what you’re going to use.


Most dental hygiene experts will agree that it’s impossible to recommend a single type or brand of toothbrush. As a general rule, it’s best to pick one with softer hairs, since hard ones may wear out the enamel on your teeth; although, even in this respect, some dentists tend to agree with people who say that harder hairs may do a better job in cleaning the teeth. In terms of size and handles, kids and people with arthritis might find a larger handle easier to grip, as well as benefit from an electric toothbrush. Hair angles on most commercially sold brushes will reach all the way to the back of your mouth these days, so one angle over another won’t make much of a difference. What you need to bear in mind is that the old school of thought, according to which brushing the gum is wrong, has proven outmoded. Experts now recommend brushing right were the tooth meets the gum, in a circular or back-and-forth motion.


Dentists still tend to recommend fluoride-based pastes, even to inhabitants of towns where the drinking water contains the substance. In time, exposing your teeth to fluoride will help make them stronger, even if the daily dose of exposure only amounts to a few minutes at a time.

Whitening Techniques

Another dental hygiene myth debunked is the one regarding the excessive abrasive properties of over-the-counter whitening products. Dentists recommend getting an expert opinion before using such products, so as to make sure the surface of your teeth is not cracked. Should there be any fissures on the surface of your teeth, the whitening products may cause inflammation. Meanwhile, there are no worries to be harbored over whitening treatments applied by professional dentists: they seem absolutely safe by all standards.


There are absolutely no counter-indications when it comes to floss, and dentists agree that you should simply use it! For people with tightly packed teeth, it’s best to use a Teflon-coated type of floss, and everyone should consider floss that comes coated in wax, which produces a high-pitched squeak when the teeth are absolutely clean.

Author Bio

Laura Hobbs has a passion for dentistry and oral hygiene, which explains her successful career of over a decade in the field, as well as the popularity of her professional blog, which she’s been keeping for five years now. She recommends visiting Sydney for the best dental advice and treatments.