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Helpful Tips

Select a brush with soft, end-rounded or polished bristles. It is important to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles become worn.

The Oral-B Braun and the Sonicare are excellent electric brushes. Dr. Layport can assist you in selecting a brush.

When choosing a toothpaste or gel, look for a product containing fluoride. Fluoride helps reduce tooth decay in adults and children. If you have sensitive teeth, then sensitive formula toothpaste may help. Anti-tartar toothpastes can increase sensitivity to cold in some patients.

Oral irrigators, such as the Water Pik, are meant to enhance, not replace, regular brushing and flossing.

Mouthwashes are primarily used to freshen breath. If you must constantly use a breath freshener to hide unpleasant mouth odor, see your dentist. Bad breath can be a sign of poor oral health. Children under six years of age should not use mouthwashes.

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