Jen’s Product Recommendations
To start my oral health routine, I use a manual Meijer brand soft bristled toothbrush. I bought a 4 pack of these toothbrushes for myself and my family to take on vacation with us one year. My requirements were that it had to have soft bristles and needed to be inexpensive because we would be throwing them away at the end of the week, haha! Guess what?…we all loved them and they became our new go to purchase when we need new toothbrushes! I am an advocate for electric toothbrushes and recommend them, but I personally don’t like having all the “extra” on our bathroom counters at home!
In addition to my toothbrush, I use Colgate Cavity Protection fluoride toothpaste. It is not fancy and I find it on the bottom shelf at the store. I use this because it doesn’t have all the extra ingredients that can sometimes cause our gums to be red and irritated. It’s just the basics! Another bonus – it’s pretty cheap!
My favorite floss is Oral B Glide Pro Health Deep Clean Floss. It is flat and a little wider to get in between my teeth. My gum tissue doesn’t fill the spaces like it used to and I have found that the wider floss removes more plaque in my mouth…I even fold it in half when I floss my front teeth on the top and bottom where my spaces are a little larger. I prefer to floss my teeth in the morning so that it is done for the day and I know I am disrupting the bacteria between my teeth and not giving it a chance to adhere to the sides of my teeth. This will help prevent gum infections and decay from starting in between my teeth where my toothbrush can’t reach.
I use ACT fluoride rinse nightly in mint flavor. I use this because it is like vitamins for my teeth to help strengthen them and protect them from decay.
I also whiten my teeth using products from our office. Sheer White is a product that can be taped on our teeth without needing trays. I also use Opalescence gel that I can distribute into my custom-made trays. I try to stay on top of whitening, but don’t always do such a great job of it!
When I am sleeping, I wear a custom fit bite guard from our office. Over the years, I have found that I am clenching during the day and clenching/grinding during the night. The bite guard acts like a pillow or cushion between my teeth. It helps me to sleep more soundly without creating further wear on my teeth and TMJ joints!