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Review of best dental products. Find out the facts before buying any new products

What are the best dental products for consumers in 2020? In this article, our Lincoln, NE dentist, talks about the latest dental products and answer those CAQs:

Is activated charcoal toothpaste good for your teeth? 

Which electric toothbrush is the best to use? 

Should I be using a water pick instead of flossing? 

What is the best whitening toothpaste to get fast whitening results? 

What is the best whitening system on the market?

What is the best toothpaste for bleeding gums in adults?

Which mouthwash is the best?

Should I use Smile Direct Club for braces at home? 

Should I be using at home scalers to remove build-up from my teeth? 


Dental Products for Consumers – Activated Charcoal Toothpaste/Whitening Powder: Is it safe to brush your teeth with activated charcoal?

Your Lincoln, NE dentist answers:

It’s common for patients to ask about dental products for consumers, which can include using items like charcoal toothpaste or powder. The charcoal toothpaste is no different than if a patient used whitening toothpaste. It only removes surface stains due to its abrasive property but doesn’t whiten the tooth structure. Even though there aren’t any tremendous dental concerns when using this product, there are some cons. It can leave residue along the gum line, especially if the patient doesn’t have excellent home care. Also, the charcoal can settle along gum lines. In the end, the abrasive property can be harmful to areas of recession/exposed root structure, and it could even cause more sensitivity. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, we are always sure to stay up-to-date with the latest products to know what might work well for our patients.

Before and After Charcoal toothpaste

Also, if a patient uses dental products for consumers like activated charcoal for oral care, they may be using other products/supplements containing it. It should be noted that activated charcoal can interfere with some medications. Activated charcoal may also reduce the absorption of certain nutrients.

Medications affected are:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Digoxin
    • Digoxin is used for heart disease. This medication helps your heart work better to distribute blood throughout your body. It strengthens the heart muscle’s contractions and slows your heart rate. 
      • Types of Digoxin include: Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps, Digitek, and Digitoxin (Crystodigin)
  • Theophylline
    • Theophylline is a relatively weak but inexpensive bronchodilator containing a chemical similar to caffeine. It relaxes the smooth muscle that surrounds the airways.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) have been used to treat depression since the 1950s. They tend to cause more side effects than newer drugs for depression. As with all antidepressants, you must take TCAs for a while before they start to work. 
      • Types of TCAs include Amitriptyline (Elavil), Amoxapine (Asendin), Desipramine (Norpramin), Doxepin (Sinequan), Imipramine (Tofranil), Nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), Protriptyline (Vivactil), and Trimipramine (Surmontil).
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Which electric toothbrush is the best to use? Are electric toothbrushes actually better?

Your Lincoln, NE dentist answers:

There is a huge selection of dental products for consumers when it comes to electric toothbrushes. So, “which is the best?”

After almost 100 total hours of research, interviewing experts, evaluating nearly every model available, and testing 31 toothbrushes ourselves in hundreds of trials at the bathroom sink, we’ve found that the Oral-B Pro 1000 is the best electric toothbrush for most people. It has the fewest “fancy” features of the models we tested. Still, it does have the most important things that experts recommend—a built-in two-minute timer and access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads available—for the lowest price.

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Is it better to use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush?

A review of studies showed that, in general, electric toothbrushes do decrease more plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. After three months of use, plaque was reduced by 21% and gingivitis by 11%. Oscillating (rotating) toothbrushes seem to work better than just vibrating toothbrushes.

It’s possible, however, to brush your teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can be a great alternative to a manual toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to brush well.

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Is it better to use a Waterpik® toothbrush to prevent cavities?

Your Lincoln, NE dentist answers:

Can I use a Waterpik® instead of flossing? A Waterpik® sure helps remove plaque in general, but using a Waterpik® does not effectively clean between teeth, ultimately leading to the development of cavities. Besides being the only way, flossing is the best way to prevent cavities between teeth.

Cons of Using a Waterpik® are:

Floss hugs the tooth and scrapes plaque away, which helps prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. A Waterpik® only rinses plaque and, therefore, is not a substitute for flossing.

Image of  the Sonic Fusion from Waterpik® one of the many dental products for consumers.

When it comes to dental products for consumers, a Waterpik® isn’t generally a top choice. If a Waterpik® is used in combination with traditional flossing, however, it can be beneficial. Also, if a patient is in full orthodontic gear, or they are older and have lost dexterity, then it can be better than not flossing all.

Which toothpaste will work the best for fast teeth whitening results?

Your Lincoln, NE dentist answers:

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The answer will surprise you:

Answer: NONE

Marketing and colors appear to make Optic White® the best choice, but it is not the best. Actually, none of these kinds of toothpaste are the best.

All of them have the same active ingredient: Sodium Monofluorophosphate (0.76% (0.13% w/v Fluoride Ion)). This ingredient is meant to help diminish the demineralization of tooth enamel and enhance the remineralization of potential weak spots, strengthening the enamel.

And, not an active ingredient but rather an added ingredient is 1% hydrogen peroxide concentration. An important note is that 1% is too weak to make any significant changes.

Take home message:
Do not get misled by marketing, attractive colors, and false promises when it comes to whitening toothpaste.

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What’s the best teeth whitening system for fast results?

Image of dental products for consumers from SmileDirectClub™.

SmileDirectClub™: Invisible braces at home. Is SmileDirectClub™ Safe?

Your Lincoln, NE dentist answers:

What about the SmileDirectClub™?

The SmileDirectClub™ offers dental products for consumers and makes claims to straighten teeth without seeing an orthodontist. Generally, it is a good idea for patients to see an actual orthodontist so that orthodontic treatment can be appropriately evaluated and monitored throughout the entire process.

Should I be using at home scalers to remove build-up from my teeth? I see many dental products for consumers that look like they would actually work. 

Is it bad to scrape plaque off of your teeth?

Your Lincoln, NE dentist answers:

Patients have asked if they should use dental products for consumers such as a “pick” or “scaler” in-between cleanings. The short answer is no! Often, a person ends up doing more harm than good. Instead, continue to focus on brushing twice per day and flossing daily.

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CleanOral™ Ultrasonic Tooth Cleaner: Do ultrasonic teeth cleaners work?

Research has shown that ultrasonic scaling instruments are as effective as manual scalers when removing tartar from tooth surfaces, including from within shallow gum pockets. However, where ultrasonic instruments shine is in clearing deposits from deeper pockets (especially during your professional dental cleanings at your dentist’s office). An ultrasonic scaler allows hygienists to thoroughly remove calculus from teeth in a very gentle way, producing little or no damage to teeth and their roots, which is critical.

Benefits of using ultrasonic teeth cleaners:

  • Effectively removes dental plaque, dental calculus, and stains. Removes hard tartar easily from teeth preventing gum disease.
  • Using CleanOral™ in conjunction with your current dental care routine will decrease bacteria levels in the mouth, resulting in fresher breath.
  • Ultrasonic teeth cleaners have high-frequency vibration, which helps remove calculus.
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In conclusion:

With many dental products to choose from, it can be challenging to decide which products are the best. In short, it is always an excellent idea to keep a strict home care routine to aid in the prevention of any dental diseases and help keep your teeth healthy. A good home care routine includes:

  • Brushing twice per day.
  • Flossing nightly before bed.

Some patients may need extra help in managing their dental health. Incorporating some of the latest products on the market can help when used in conjunction with a good daily home care routine.

Dental health is an integral part of overall wellness. Learn more about improving your oral health from your biological dentist in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Kathryn Alderman.

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist online 24/7 at her East Lincoln Location of Nebraska Family Dentistry. This “biological dentist near me” serves the local communities in Garland, Pleasant Dale, Denton, Crete, Milford, Hickman, Roca, Martell, Panama, and more.