Selecting the Perfect Oral Care Instruments for Your Needs

In the vast world of oral care, having the right instruments is akin to an artist possessing the perfect brush for a masterpiece. But with countless products flooding the market, how do you choose the one tailored to your needs? At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, our dental mavens, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, have curated this guide to help you make informed choices.

1. Understanding Your Unique Dental Needs

Before diving into product selection, understand your oral care requirements. Factors to consider include:

  • Sensitivity levels
  • Bracing or orthodontic fixtures
  • Proneness to cavities or gum issues
  • Cosmetic enhancements like veneers or crowns

2. The Right Toothbrush: It’s More Than Just Bristles

  • Size: A toothbrush should comfortably fit your mouth. Typically, a smaller head is more maneuverable, especially for reaching the back molars.
  • Bristles: Soft bristles are universally recommended. They effectively clean without causing gum damage. Those with sensitive gums might consider extra-soft bristles.
  • Manual vs. Electric: While manual brushes are efficient, electric toothbrushes can offer more consistent cleaning, especially for those with dexterity challenges.

3. Flossing Solutions: Beyond the Traditional Thread

  • Standard Floss: Useful for closely spaced teeth.
  • Dental Tape: Thicker than standard floss, ideal for wider gaps.
  • Floss Picks: Convenient for on-the-go flossing or for those who find traditional floss challenging.
  • Water Flossers: A powerful stream of water cleans between teeth, a favorite for those with braces.

4. Toothpaste: More Than Minty Freshness

  • Fluoride Toothpaste: Helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.
  • Desensitizing Paste: Contains ingredients to help reduce tooth sensitivity.
  • Whitening Toothpaste: Contains mild abrasives or chemicals to remove surface stains. Not suitable for daily use for everyone.

5. Mouthwash: To Rinse or Not to Rinse?

  • Antibacterial Mouthwash: Targets bacteria that cause gum disease and bad breath.
  • Fluoride Rinses: Recommended for those prone to cavities.
  • Desensitizing Rinse: Offers relief for sensitive teeth.
  • Cosmetic Rinses: Freshen breath without therapeutic benefits.

6. Tongue Cleaning: The Unsung Hero

While your toothbrush can serve, a dedicated tongue scraper is more effective in removing the bacterial biofilm from the tongue, leading to fresher breath and better oral health.

The Topeka Touch in Personalized Dental Recommendations

Oral care isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. Topeka residents have the privilege of tapping into the insights of Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, at Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry. Their combined expertise ensures that you not only get tools that suit your needs but also the guidance to use them effectively.

Every mouth has its unique story and challenges. What works wonders for one might not be ideal for another. Therefore, consulting with your dentist and understanding the nuances of your oral health can save you from potential pitfalls and elevate your daily dental routine.

Oral Care Tailored to You: Get Expert Guidance Now!

Elevate your daily oral care routine by choosing the instruments that align with your needs. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we’re poised to guide you in this selection process. If you’re in or around Topeka, KS, dial (785) 272-3864 to book an appointment with Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, or Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS. Equip yourself with the best in oral care today!


  1. American Dental Association. “Choosing a Toothbrush”. [ADA Website]
  2. Mayo Clinic. “Oral Health: A Window to Your Overall Health”. [Mayo Clinic Website]
  3. Colgate. “Guide to Selecting Dental Products”. [Colgate Website]