Brushing Up on Dental Products
Some expert advice on how to find the best dental products for you.
Irrigators, Douglass says, can also be useful for people with
special needs, such as bridges, braces, or extensive gum problems such as deep
pockets. "Your dental hygienist can tell you if this is a good
investment," he says.
Speaking of investments, how could we best spend our dental
dollar? "Prevention, prevention, prevention," chants Harms. Brush,
floss, and see the dentist, he says.
All the rest is optional, although work is on-going to
fine-tune electric toothbrushes and automatic flossers to make them easier to
manipulate. Eventually, Harms says, scientists will discover a way to break up
plaque and make all these gizmos work better.
"The problem is," Douglass says, "we all have only
a certain amount of time to spend on our teeth. If you have six devices sitting
there, you may use all six, but you will still take only five minutes of
At least you're not in ancient China with someone waiting in
line to use the toothbrush!