Choosing the Best Products for You

Oral hygiene is something most people learn from an early age. And while frequent cleanings at the dentist are essential for oral health, if you're currently practicing social distancing, it's also a great reason to make sure you take extra care of your teeth. There are so many ways to have a clean and healthy mouth. There is no one-size-fits-all protocol. Different mouths need different protocols. Keep your habits simple and effective!


The best toothbrush is the one you use twice a day with the right technique. It just makes your teeth cleaner with less damage to your gums. And remember to hold your electric brush firmly and let the bristles do the work, not your hand.


Flossing is one way to clean between your teeth, but there are others. If you have successfully developed the habit of flossing, use what makes you floss! Floss over the gums and "hug" the tooth to clean under the gums, but not too roughly. Use floss that you find comfortable and easy to use. Beware of overly processed and potentially toxic materials found in some flossers.


Alcohol-based mouthwashes can dry out your mouth. That's why many people choose non-alcohol-based mouthwashes or switch to oil-based mouthwashes. But honestly, the truth is, you don't need mouthwash. Mouthwash liquids that advertise their antibacterial properties are actually doing you a disservice. Most of the bacteria in your mouth are beneficial and necessary for your health. You don't want to kill them! If you are concerned about bad breath, mint with xylitol (no sugar) can freshen your breath and reduce dry mouth. But chronic bad breath is a symptom you should talk to your dentist about. It could be a sign of a bacterial imbalance or possibly tooth decay.

Toothpaste with Fluoride

For decades, the medical establishment has considered fluoride to be the best thing to strengthen teeth, especially in children. Today, there seems to be an equally good option: hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite is a 100% non-toxic chemical that strengthens teeth almost as much as fluoride does. Hydroxyapatite is a form of calcium that is absorbed by teeth and remineralizes them.

Greg Cadman
Principal Dentist