Here are eight basic dental care “tools” for good oral hygiene promoting a nice smile, as prescribed by a trusted orthodontist Abu Dhabi.

1. Toothbrushes. Dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard-bristled and even medium-bristled toothbrushes are too abrasive on gums. Brushing too hard or in a harsh sawing motion is not good. Instead a gentle circular motion is the best way to clean your teeth properly.

2. Toothpaste. Choose toothpaste that contains fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Many types of toothpaste also have ingredients that fight tooth sensitivity, gingivitis, bad breath, or tartar. Ask your dentist for recommendations on the best toothpaste for your specific oral health needs.

3. Dental floss. For healthy teeth, you should floss at least once a day. Flossing removes food particles trapped between teeth that your toothbrush misses, helping to reduce plaque and the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.

4. Dental picks and sticks. If dental floss is difficult for you to use, interdental (between the teeth) cleaning aids can help remove plaque. These products include picks, sticks, and mini-brushes to get between and around teeth. Make sure to be gentle between your teeth and under your gum line with the product you choose.

5. Oral irrigators. This oral hygiene appliance is an add-on dental product along with brushing and flossing that shoots a steady stream of water in your mouth to remove food from hard-to-reach places between and around your teeth especially helpful for trouble cleaning around braces and for people with fixed partial dentures.

6. Teeth whiteners. Teeth whiteners use peroxide solutions to actually bleach teeth. You can also try an over-the-counter product, such as whitening strips. However, they won’t give the same results as the treatment from a good dentist in Abu Dhabi.

7. Mouthwash. Different mouthwashes tackle different dental problems. Some help reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis; others contain fluoride to help fight cavities. Some can control or mask bad breath.

8. Tongue scrapers. Tongue scrapers help reduce bad breath causing bacteria that accumulate on your tongue.

Even with these teeth-cleaning aids, don’t forget that one of the most important “tools” for a healthy smile is to see your dentist regularly. Many cavities and dental infections show no signs or symptoms, but an expert dentist can rectify them before it’s too late.