Tooth cleaning tools that will take your oral hygiene to the next level

So, you brush and floss daily and work hard to take care of your teeth and gums. But what if you could work smarter, not harder?

After all, the right tools make any job easier!

Here at Gladstone Family Dentistry, we love to help you get the most out of your oral care routine. That’s why today, we’re sharing our favorite tools and tricks for ramping up your daily oral hygiene.

Our dental hygienists agree that using an electric toothbrush does a better job at plaque removal when it is used properly, as shown through research as well as seeing demonstrated by our own patients. Most people have trouble brushing long enough or staying focused during brushing to be thorough enough throughout their whole mouth. An electronic toothbrush with timers and reminders tend to keep people focused and brushing longer.

Our preferred cleaning sequence—which is most effective for plaque removal—is easy to implement at home with the right tools:

  • Floss first. Begin your oral cleaning routine by flossing first to loosen all the bacteria. Slide the floss between teeth and up under the gum line, then slide up and down the side of one tooth about five times. Then repeat the process on the adjoining tooth surface. Move around the mouth repeating this with each tooth surface.
  • Next, use a water flosser. A water-flossing tool removes plaque and debris where traditional brushing and flossing can’t. It’s easy to use and helps keep your mouth cleaner in just a couple of minutes a day. We love the Waterpik brand, but there are different brands on the market at various price points.
  • Finish with an electric toothbrush. After the water flosser, use an electric toothbrush for two cycles (that’s two minutes on the top teeth and two minutes on the bottom teeth). We love the Phillips Sonicare and Oral B electric toothbrushes, both of which are available at our office. You’ll place the toothbrush bristle gently against each tooth at a slight angle toward the gum line and apply light pressure, allowing the bristles to stimulate the gum line. You can also move the brush head gently and slowly across the teeth in a slight back and forth motion, but you won’t need to use wide sweeping motions like with a traditional brush.

Curious as to what toothpaste is best? Check out our blog on choosing the right toothpaste for your needs.