senior-dental-careIt seems as if every time you walk down the health care aisle there are new dental products available. All these new products can make shopping for essential dental care products difficult, as you may be unsure what to purchase.

In an effort to make your shopping experience better and to help improve your overall oral health, the following is a list of some of the top senior dental care products that every senior should own.


  1. Soft Bristled Manual or Electronic Toothbrushes

A toothbrush may seem like a simple dental product, but there are dozens of types available to purchase.

Take the following into account when purchasing a toothbrush:

  • Type of bristles. Always look for a soft bristled brush, as this will cause the least amount of damage to your teeth and gums.
  • Manual versus electronic. Both will adequately clean your teeth, but electronic toothbrushes are often better for people who may have difficulty holding a manual toothbrush due to arthritis or other health issues.
  • Shape and size of the handle. Large-handled toothbrushes are easier to grip, especially for those with arthritis or other concerns. Some toothbrush manufacturers create large-handled manual brushes, but an electric toothbrush may be the best choice as they often have a thicker handle that is easier to hold.
  1. A Floss Holder or Flossaid

The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This helps remove food particles and plaque that builds up around your gums and teeth. Unfortunately, many seniors find flossing difficult, as it can be challenging to hold the floss properly to clean the teeth and gums.

Purchasing a floss holder, or a flossaid, can help you floss your teeth. A floss holder is a small plastic dental tool that tightly holds the floss. This allows you to easily maneuver the floss in between the teeth.

  1. Mouthwashes

Almost half of the oral health care aisle is filled with mouthwashes. There are mouthwashes that can help whiten your teeth, fight cavities and even treat dry mouth.

Some mouthwashes to consider include:

  • Mouthwashes for dry mouth. Many prescription medications can cause dry mouth. Using this type of mouthwash will help keep your teeth healthy and strong.
  • Fluoride mouthwashes. Fluoride can protect teeth against tooth decay and cavities.
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash. This fights against bad breath, gingivitis and plaque buildup.

The type of mouthwash you choose depends on your needs. If you tend to wake up in the morning with dry mouth, you may want to consider using a specialized mouthwash that will prevent this from happening. On the other hand, if you are worried about plaque building up or gingivitis, you may want to go for a fluoride-enriched or antimicrobial mouthwash.

  1. Toothpaste

Just like mouthwashes, there are dozens of toothpastes available and all promise to help treat a different dental problem.

The following is a look at some of the toothpastes that will help with certain problems you may be experiencing:

  • Yellowing or stained teeth. Whitening toothpastes that contain active ingredients can help remove stains and discoloration.
  • Plaque buildup. Toothpaste that contains mineral fluoride will help reduce plaque.
  • Sensitive teeth or gums. Look for toothpaste containing potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, as these are numbing agents that will help dull pain caused by sensitive teeth or gums.
  • Tartar buildup. Use toothpaste that contains zinc citrate or pyrophosphates, which are tartar-fighting ingredients.
  1. Mouth Irrigation System

Mouth irrigation systems may look like they do the same thing as flossing, but they can help you get a deeper clean between your teeth. The mouth irrigation system will send a stream of pressurized water. The water will loosen plaque that has built up between your teeth or under your gums. These are two places that are often missed with traditional flossing.

To boost your oral health, be sure to keep these essential dental care tools on hand to effectively clean your teeth every day.

Author bio: Charlie Culp, dentist at Culp Dental, graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences before attending dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina. Culp graduated in 2011 and is currently licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina. He takes pride in giving his patients a comfortable experience. 

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