Nothing can replace the effective value of a toothbrush and floss. They are the #1 dentist recommended tools for good oral health. But thanks to modern technology, there are other tools and gadgets we can use to supplement tooth brushing and flossing. They make taking care of our teeth and mouths fun, convenient — even cool.
Here are some of the most popular tools and gadgets on the market today:
- UV Toothbrush Sanitizer: These devices use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and microorganisms that reside on your toothbrush. The process takes just a few minutes, and does not require you to do anything other than push a button.
- Oral irrigator: Devices like Waterpik® and AirFloss send rapid bursts of water and/or air between the teeth to disrupt bacterial buildup. They can be helpful alternatives for people who may lack the dexterity to manually floss their teeth.
- Toothbrush Timer: The American Dental Association recommends that we brush for two minutes twice a day. The old-fashioned way was to use an hourglass that measured out the two-minute interval. These days, we can choose from toothbrushes that light up and/or play music for the recommended period of time. There also are countless “apps” available on your Smartphone to count the minutes. Many of these apps allow you to set reminders to brush twice a day.
- Dental Apps: Your Smartphone or mobile device can educate you about oral health, and inspire you to practice good oral health habits. Though this won’t take the place of a dentist, the ADA Symptom Checker offers a questionnaire to help determine whether your problem needs professional attention.
Look for continuing advances in oral healthcare products — including a new anti-microbial drug that could prevent tooth decay! As technologies evolve, we’ll have more oral care options than ever to help us stay on top of our oral health.
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