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To have good oral hygiene, you must use good tools. Here is the rundown of the kinds of things you should be looking for in your dental hygiene products.


Brush: Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that has been approved by the ADA. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, even if the bristles look normal. Replace the brush sooner if the bristles look frayed or worn out, or if it becomes contaminated.


Toothpaste: It is important to use toothpaste. Toothpaste contains mildly abrasive substances that both clean and polish your teeth, without damaging enamel.


Floss: Choose a single-filament floss when you can. This will reduce the chances of breakage and fraying of the floss while cleaning. Only use a floss that is specifically designed for interdental cleaning. If you have trouble with conventional flossing, talk with Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr. about alternative ways of cleaning between your teeth.


Mouthwash: If you choose to include mouthwash (or mouthrinse) in your dental hygiene routine, be aware that not all mouthwashes serve the same purpose. Some, called cosmetic mouthwashes, only temporarily freshen your breath or mask the stink with a strong scent. Choose instead what is called a therapeutic mouthwash, which not only freshens breath but also kills bacteria that causes tooth decay and halitosis.


For more information, call N.J. Nicastro Dental PC in Port Jefferson Station, New York, at 631-928-2020. Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr. and our whole team is happy to help!