You know when you have a dentist appointment coming up, you always brush and floss extremely well beforehand to get a good report? That's all well and good, but if you're not taking care of your pearly whites year-round, your dentist will be able to tell, and you'll have poor oral health as a result. Cavities, gingivitis, and plaque are just a few dental issues you'll experience from not taking care of your teeth or using the wrong products.
So just like we love enlisting the help of dermatologists to find out what the best skincare products are or makeup artists for their favorite items, we tapped the brains of some of the top dentists in the industry to find out their top picks, as far as toothbrushes (mechanical and manual), floss, mouthwash, and at-home whiteners are concerned. (Spoiler: This answer may not be what you expected). Keep scrolling to find out what they are!
Dr. Tina Giannacopoulos of Boston Dental swears by this motorized toothbrush for a deep clean. "It's gentle and extremely effective, and it helps that it's also pretty and charges in a glass cup."
If you don't want to spend a ton of money on a motorized toothbrush, Giannacopoulos loves this Colgate 360 toothbrush. "The different lengths and orientations of the bristles help clean all surfaces of teeth."
Celebrity dentist Dr. Kevin Sands (whose client roster includes Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Emma Stone) loves this floss best. It won't break on you, and it's gentle on the gums, unlike some products that cut with each pass.
Sands also loves this mouthwash for white teeth and healthy gums. It also strengthens your enamel in the process—a major bonus, if you ask us.
According to Giannacopoulos, she actually advises against using at-home whiteners. "I don't like using any over-the-counter whiteners—they make teeth very sensitive, and a lot of the whitening products have abrasive materials in them, which is obviously bad for your teeth." Instead, it's best to stick with professional whitening treatments—Dr. Sands likes the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System.
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