woman with a smile flossing teethKeeping your teeth and gums healthy outside the dentist’s chair can be challenging. In fact, 96% of Canadians have a history of cavities, and many have dealt with some form of gum disease or dental illness. That’s why teeth cleaning is so important. Developing a routine is one way to prevent cavities and other oral health issues from happening, but it’s essential to use the right instruments to help safeguard your teeth. In this post, we’ll look at tools and techniques for effective teeth cleaning.


You’ve likely heard your dentist tell you that you need to floss more and for good reason. Brushing alone is not enough to dislodge food particles between your teeth, which can cause plaque buildup and potentially lead to cavities and tooth decay. If you avoided flossing due to its time-consuming nature, there are tools to make this process easier:

Floss Picks

With the floss pre-threaded, floss picks can help you get the job done in a fraction of the time. Many also include a toothpick on the other end of the instrument to help with stubborn food or hard-to-reach places. 

Water Flosser

Water flossers use water pressure to create the same effects as thread floss. The primary benefit of a water flosser is that you can control the water pressure to make it a more comfortable experience. These devices are also ideal for people with braces or dental implants where thread flossing might be difficult.

Electric Toothbrush

Man brushing his teeth with electric toothbrush in bathroomSome studies have shown that an electric toothbrush can clean your mouth better than a regular toothbrush. However, keep in mind that not all electric toothbrushes are built the same, so it’s important to look for features that enhance your brushing routine.

The best toothbrushes have valuable features like a timer that lets you know how long to brush between zones and a pressure sensor that keeps you from brushing too hard. If you’re unsure what to purchase, consider reviewing the Canadian Dental Association’s Red Seal list of products.

Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Fluoride is great for your teeth and overall oral health. It can remove bacteria that cause common dental diseases, help you keep your enamel in good condition, and repair some of the damage caused by certain foods. Using toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride ensures that your whole mouth benefits from this ingredient.

Brush Your Tongue

While it might seem like a small step in your brushing routine, brushing your tongue can help prevent the spread of bacteria in your mouth. Using some toothpaste, brush from the back to the front of your tongue with a small amount of pressure. This technique can also help improve your breath!

Drink More Water

woman drinking water outdoors

Saliva is essential to oral health because it helps break down food, captures microorganisms, and reduces your risk of dental disease. Staying hydrated is a great way to increase saliva production and rinse away particles lingering on your teeth. Plus, drinking enough water also has plenty of other health benefits, including increasing your energy and brain function.

Regular Dental Visits

Many dental problems can be detected early, allowing for intervention before minor concerns become major issues. That’s why seeing your dentist at least twice a year is crucial. These visits can save you time and money and protect you from the potential pain of a severe oral health problem. During a routine dental visit, it’s common for your dentist to examine your teeth and gums, take X-rays as needed, and ensure you receive a comprehensive teeth cleaning.


Ready to schedule your next dentist appointment? At Costello Family Dentistry, we care about your oral health. Contact us today to start a journey to a healthier, happier smile.

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani has helped to restore the smiles and self-confidence of countless clients since opening Yazdani Family Dentistry in 2001. As CEO and Director, he has amassed thousands of hours of comprehensive training and real-world experience in his decades-long tenure. Dr. Yazdani is deeply passionate about his work, family, and making the most of life itself.

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