Dental Health Essentials

To maintain good oral hygiene and to minimize the necessity of dental interventions, you need to have the right tools. Using the right products and technique will prevent diseases such as gingivitis and infections.

Let’s get right into it

Table of Dental Health Essentials

Below, I have an easy-to-read table with the products that I recommend. You do NOT need to buy all of them as some of them overlap (for instance a normal floss vs water flosser), but I do urge you to have at least one of these tools in each category to maintain good dental health.

Keep reading further below for some of my specific recommendations within each category

Colgate Total SF
  • Contains stannous fluoride
  • Contains Colgate’s patented zinc phosphate
  • Contains hydrated silica to fight extrinsic stains
  • Great Price
  • MedicalGeeker Rating 9.9/10

    637 user ratings

  • Contains stannous fluoride
  • Bottle with Pump
  • Tropical Fruit Flavor – mediocre, but it works
  • Does not contain alcohol
  • MedicalGeeker Rating 9.7/10

    58 user ratings

    Listerine Freshburst Antiseptic Mouthwash
  • Contains essential oils to help destroy bacteria
  • ADA accepted
  • Great minty flavor
  • MedicalGeeker Rating 9.0/10

    1,581 user ratings

    Fairywill Electric Toothbrush
  • ADA certified
  • 5 High-performance brushing modes
  • Very inexpensive
  • 2 Minute smart timer
  • MedicalGeeker Rating 9.8/10

    7,907 user ratings

    Dental Expert Soft Charcoal Toothbrush
  • Soft bristles
  • 5-pack
  • Activated charcoal properties
  • MedicalGeeker Rating 8.7/10

    4,750 user ratings

    Waterpik Water Flosser
  • Easy and effective
  • ADA seal of acceptance
  • Comes with 7 separate tips
  • Multiple color options
  • MedicalGeeker Rating 9.7/10

    23,248 user ratings

    Solimo Mint Dental Flossers
  • Slides between teeth without shredding
  • Mint flavor
  • Fold-away pick can be used like a toothpick
  • MedicalGeeker Rating 9.3/10

    547 user ratings

    Toothpaste

    Pay attention because in my mind this is one of the most important things. I highly recommend buying a toothpaste with stannous fluoride. Stannous fluoride is fluoride that is found in a particular form that is much more effective than typical fluoride (sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate). It is very effective at fighting plaque.

    I recommend buying the one listed on this page (table above or I’ve also put it below). You can check out my page on stannous fluoride toothpastes for details on why, but in brief, Colgate has patented ingredients that make it work well without detrimental side effects. No other company uses the same ingredient (zinc phosphate) because it is still under patent.

    If you have very sensitive teeth, then please see the bottom of this post to see the toothpastes that I recommend.

    MEDICALGEEKER RECOMMENDS
    Colgate Total SF
    This toothpaste contains stannous fluoride and has Colgate’s patented zinc phosphate. This is by far the best toothpaste that you can get and it is not just marketing hype. It is affordable and effective.

    Mouthwash

    Generally, any mouthwash will do – Listerine, ACT, or a mouthwash with stannous fluoride.

    Overall, I recommend a mouthwash with stannous fluoride in it because the science makes the most sense. As I said above, it is very effective at fighting plaque. If I were forced to choose my runner-up pick it would be Listerine.

    Listerine utilizes essential oils to destroy bacteria in your mouth. While ACT has fluoride in it (a very small percentage – 0.05%), I don’t think this fluoride is necessary since you will get the fluoride component from your toothpaste, particularly, if you are performing your oral hygiene routine in the correct order.

    Toothbrush

    Make sure that you are brushing with the right technique.

    I highly recommend buying an electric toothbrush. Using an electric toothbrush typically improves brushing technique and also helps to reduce plaque better than a manual toothbrush. You can go for an expensive electric toothbrush if you want a lot of bells and whistles, but I think any electric toothbrush will serve its purpose.

    If you end up buying a manual toothbrush, again, any toothbrush will do, but MAKE SURE to get a toothbrush with SOFT bristles. And like I said, consider an electric toothbrush because the differences in cleaning can be quite drastic.

    If you do buy an electric toothbrush, one thing I hated about my toothbrush is how it did not sit in most toothbrush holders very well. I ended up leaving it on my sink’s countertop, but this resulted in stagnant water getting all over the place. The solution I found was to use the toothbrush holder below that is slim, but big enough to hold an electric toothbrush. It also is made of a diatomite and clay which has water-absorbing so that your electric toothbrush isn’t sitting in nasty water all day long.

    MEDICALGEEKER RECOMMENDS
    Take One Modern Toothbrush Holder
    This toothbrush holder is one of the few holders that are big enough to hold an electric toothbrush. Its diatomite and clay material won’t keep your toothbrush sitting in a puddle of water.

    Floss

    Flossing is an important (albeit annoying) part of good oral hygiene that too many people skip.

    I prefer a water flosser just because of ease of use. I hate flossing so much and reducing the possible excuses I would make to myself was important. With a water flosser, I find myself much more consistent with flossing.