You probably ask yourself questions on a regular basis about the products you choose for just about every aspect of your life. When it comes to protecting your teeth and gums with preventive care, you may feel at a loss regarding which products to purchase – you may even wonder whether it makes a difference at all. First, we can say that there are certainly good and not-so-great options available to you, so it’s important to use a thoughtful approach. We are also happy to report that learning all about choosing the right toothbrush (and more) is pretty simple once you get the basics down.

Getting The Right Toothbrush?

Are you purchasing the right toothbrush for your preventive care? Good news – this is extremely easy. The main goal with toothbrush buying is to choose a brush with soft bristles. Anything that says its bristles are medium or hard in strength will potentially damage your enamel. Strong bristles can also aggravate your gum tissue. And yes, an electric toothbrush is a wonderful solution. Just remember about those bristles!

Is That Toothpaste The Best?

It’s true, you can actually choose a toothpaste that isn’t the best choice. For starters, it’s important to avoid anything gritty or abrasive. Like hard bristles on a toothbrush, this may scratch your teeth. So, how to choose a good toothpaste? First, look for a seal of approval by the American Dental Association (ADA) so you know it will offer effective protection. Also, choose something with fluoride (in a flavor that you enjoy). Pretty simple.

How About Your Floss?

Floss is an essential part of your preventive dental care. Guidelines are simple:

  • Choose a consistency, flavor, and width that you like.
  • Purchase floss with the ADA seal of approval.


Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide patients with preventive, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry services as well as orthodontic care. To discover more or to schedule an appointment, call us at our Riverside, CA office today at (951) 689-5031. We are also happy to serve patients from Corona, Temecula, Moreno Valley, and surrounding communities.