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Floss should come out of the medicine cabinet at ''least'' once a week although ADA recommends using floss everyday (preferably at night). It can be used before or after brushing to remove food particles and tartar buildup in the places that your toothbrush can't reach. Once you clean between the tight crevices, toothpaste can easily flow between them so that it can do its job of warding off cavities and tooth decay.
Since floss is basically just wax coated string with optional flavoring, there is not much to say about it, except for its form factor. Choosing an easy to use floss can help get kids into a regular flossing habit, and can make it easier for those with limited dexterity to keep up health oral care.
Mouthwash, although not used by all, is nearly a requisite for anyone who suffers from halitosis, which is in fact 25% of the population. Mouthwash may seem superfluous, acting simply as a way to mask bad breath, but in fact it serves several purposes beyond making your breath smell fresh.
Using mouthwash after brushing helps rinse away any remaining debris, kill germs and can also help combat early periodontal gum disease when an antiseptic mouthwash is used twice a day. There is also talk of it being an effective alternative to flossing.
Some of the most popular brands are Scope and Listerine. Whichever brand you choose be sure that you choose the right one. That means that it should be an antiseptic (like Listerine) if you need protection from gingivitis and periodontitis, contain at least .05% fluoride if you want cavity protection and peroxide if you want enhanced whitening.
* When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? Usually they need to be replaced every three to four months, or as soon as they become frayed. Children's toothbrushes need to be replaced more frequently since they usually wear out quicker. Oral-B makes brushes that have an indicator on them to tell you when it's time to replace, a useful feature if you tend to be forgetful.
* Choose soft bristles that won't irritate your gums.
* Pick a size that is suitable for your mouth. If you have trouble reaching certain parts of the teeth, go for a smaller brush head.
* Opt for brushes with crossed or angled bristles that have a better chance of reaching in between teeth to clean.
* Consider an electric toothbrush that makes brushing easy and refreshing.
* Most major toothpaste manufacturers also make toothbrushes.