Useful Contemporary Dental Products
We are absolutely dedicated to preventive dentistry and preserving your smile for a lifetime.
In order to help your on this journey, there are a lot of useful products for patients to use. Below is a list of products that we have found to be especially valuable over the years. Check back frequently as we will continuously update this product list!
These are general recommendations and are not specific to any one patient or consumer. If you experience uncomfortable or questionable results from usage of any of these products, either separately or in combination, stop using them and contact us.
Oral B products, such as toothbrushes and oral irrigators (water pics), have been around for years. These are very sound instruments and work well.
Johnson and Johnson makes Reach Dental Floss, OralB makes Glide dental floss. Other examples of good flosses are Slide and Butler (Gum) Floss and the flosses of CVS and Walgreens store brands.
Toothpastes such as Crest, Colgate, Aqua fresh, etc are all good name brands. Patients are well advised to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Whitening toothpastes are very acceptable too. It’s important to note that most of the whiteners are some form of peroxide and are safe. If your gums hurt after usage, switch to another brand as composition varies from maker to maker.
Whitening Strips and Cosmetic Teeth Bleaching
These are generally a good idea and are safe to use. Crest strips work well. My best advice is to whiten your teeth under the guidance of a dentist because there can be side effects and all your teeth must be sound to avoid problems with toothaches. We offer Venus and TresWhite take home packages as well as Crest Strips in our office. We also offer in office bleaching for people who prefer that technique.
This is a wide open field. Sonicare, Waterpick, Oral B, Crest Spin Brush are all well known and good machines for power tooth brushing. Be sure to be gentle and let the brush do the work for you. It should take about 90 seconds to brush your teeth and gum line. Crest, Colgate, Oral B, Butler, and Gum non powered, manual toothbrushes are all fine products. In general, a medium or soft nylon brush is preferable.
Here is a tip. If you find adult brushes hard to use, then consider using a children’s toothbrush made by these companies. They are pretty much the same quality and can be easier to use.
Water Picks (Oral Irrigators)
These are very good tools for cleaning between your teeth. Teldyne Watepick is an excellent product. Panasonic makes a model EW-DJ10 which is easy to use and travels very compactly.
Oragel is a form of topical Novocain. It is useful for short term relief and use. If your soreness is not resolved in about a day call us at (781) 272-5890.
Peroxyl and Glyoxide are forms of peroxide oral rinses that can temporarily help gingivitis and mouth sores. CVS and Walgreen’s also make house formulations of these products at a savings.
Mouth rinses such as Listerine Zero, Crest Pro Health, Act and Act Anticavity are all good products. Use products with little or no alcohol as alcohol can cause minor burns to gums.
Bilstex, Chapstick, Burt’s Bees are good choices for chapped lips. Some of these products are designed to block out harmful rays of the sun. This is generally a good idea.
Ora-Gel can be applied to gums or skin in the mouth to soothe burns from food or other irritations for short term use. DenTemp is a product that fills cavities and can calm pain for a very short time. It is useful especially if you are traveling.