Gregory S. Rutherford, DDS, PA
in Sarasota, Florida
specializes in prosthetic dentistry, or also known as dental prosthetics. Our dental practice focuses high quality tooth replacement and repair.
Many of the latest tooth and gum gadgets can help but not all do the same job. Electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective for most patients. We have seen great results with the brands Rotadent and Interplak, for electric toothbrushes.
Rubber toothbrushes with rubber tips are for gum massage after brushing teeth. This increases blood circulation in the gums, which helps kill germs that cause plaque and cavities. However, if you have severe gum or tooth pain, plaque, or tooth decay, it is best to consult with your dentist before attempting gum massage.
Oral irrigators (that spray water in the mouth, onto the gums) are great for most people. However, these devices only clean gums and not teeth too. Brushing and flossing is still an important part of your dental regimen when using an irrigator.
A good, balanced diet can help improve oral health. Foods that are starchy, or sugary and slow to dissolve, can increase damage to teeth. Avoiding these foods can help your body better fight the germs that create plaque, which leads to cavities. However, if you want to eat those foods, eat them with a meal since the extra saliva helps break down the sticky and starchy foods.