Top 3 Items We Recommend For Your Oral Health This Year!

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI

Christmas is just around the corner and I have 3 recommendations for you to consider to help you and your family maintain optimum oral health.

I was always frustrated in keeping my braces clean (when I had them) by using my bathroom cassette water irrigation unit. The splashing always made a mess of my bathroom mirror and I had to use it before I got dressed because of all of the ancillary splashing. This Waterpik unit is cordless and allows me to take it into the shower with me and avoid the mess. It is rechargeable and waterproof. It has three pressure settings and a two year warranty. It is available at most stores and runs from $60-$100. It is a great investment for anyone wearing braces or treating periodontal disease. Research says that we should not treat it as a replacement for flossing, but for those patients that have little motivation for flossing or decreased dexterity, it may be a viable option.

This is a website that offers the newest technology in ultrasonic toothbrushes and offers one of the most reasonable prices that I’ve seen. I have one myself that I ordered to see if this independent company made a reliable product. I have been pleasantly surprised. They stay in touch with me through my smartphone and send replacement heads every few months for a $6 shipping fee. The motor functions well and runs quietly and gives time hacks so you know when you have reached the two minute recommended brushing time. It is well engineered and reasonably priced compared to other models on the market.

Within our office, we are an authorized distributor of OraCare by Dentist Select. It is an activated oral cleanser with Xylitol. Xylitol is the flavoring agent and it is a sugar alcohol five chain carbon molecule that stimulates salivary flow yet does not contribute to bacterial acid production. The active ingredient is chlorine dioxide which has been shown to reduce volatile sulfuric compounds (VSC’s), a major contributor to bad breath. It comes in two bottles and has to be mixed to activate. The practice offers the system (32 fluid ounces) a month’s supply for $40. For post-operative care, we also offer a $10 package that is a week’s supply.

We hope that our recommendations assist you in continuing your oral health journey with us! Spring Lake Dental Group wishes you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season. Merry Christmas!