10 Products Top Dentists Recommend for a Healthier Smile

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Since March, we’ve (somewhat) mastered the art of doing everything from home, but there is one hygienic practice that we may miss the most: getting our teeth cleaned. While it’s impossible to get our mouths as clean as a dentist can, four professionals offer up their best smile-saving tips and products for a cleaner feeling at home.

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“There are two products I highly recommend using at home. The first is a WaterPik Water Flosser ($90), which works great for patients that have spaces between teeth or a lot of dental work. It also flushes out food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach areas. The second product I recommend is an electric toothbrush. My favorites are the Phillips Sonicare ($50) and OralB iO ($250) brushes. They do a superior job cleaning your teeth. Plus they are smart toothbrushes that signal you if you are brushing too hard, they have a built-in timer, and numerous settings based on your needs.”
San Francisco cosmetic dentist Swati Agarwal, DDS

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“I would recommend Opalescence Go. This product whitens teeth in 30 minutes and the addition of ingredients to prevent tooth sensitivity is priceless!”
Sarasota, FL cosmetic dentist Jenifer Back, DDS

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“The use of oral probiotics in addition to flossing and brushing offers health benefits because of the way they boost the immune system of the mouth and encourage growth of good bacteria and stop the growth of bad (pathogenic) bacteria. Not taking care of your teeth and gums lets the bad bacteria multiply and shifts the balance. Stress, medication, illness and our diet also can also challenge the  balance of the bacteria. This bad bacteria causes gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath, but the good bacteria helps keep your teeth, gums, and respiratory system healthy. Balancing your oral microbiome has benefits beyond your mouth as well. Healthy bacterial colonies in the mouth can reduce your risk of many systemic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.”
Beverly Hills, CA cosmetic dentist Marjan Mirani, DDS

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“The recommended product would be Luminuex Oral Essentials Whitening Kit ($45), which includes whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwash, whitening strips and a soft tooth brush. The main reason is that it’s certified nontoxic and it whitens teeth without sensitivity while protecting the oral microbiome (good bacteria).”
Beverly Hills, CA cosmetic dentist Kourosh Maddahi, DDS

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“The best framework for teeth whitening is healthy gums and tooth surfaces. One of the essential items in our OnTheGo SmilePerformance kit includes ACT Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash ($9), which is formulated without alcohol. The mint flavor is my favorite and the fluoride strengthens the tooth surface as well as acts as a chelating agent in targeting stained debris, bacteria, saliva components and other remnants. I also recommend brushing or flossing within 15 minutes after each meal. This practice will not only ensure fresh breath but also a destained surface from the meal. Sipping sparkling water in-between bites can also minimize stain deposits on the tooth surface, which increase with time unless removed.” —Chevy Chase, MD cosmetic dentist Claudia Cotca, DDS, MPH

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“The one at-home smile product I recommend is a Phillips Sonicare Toothbrush ($70). This is a must-have product! Not only does it help you achieve the cleanest results when brushing your teeth, it also has a pressure indicator so you don’t brush too hard, protecting your enamel and gums. This keeps your smile healthy and clean between dental visits, which is key in maintaining a beautiful smile.”
—Chicago cosmetic dentist Nathan Hoffman, DDS

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“I find that adding one more step to your oral hygiene routine makes your smile extra bright. Give yourself a gift of a Waterpik ($100) which gives your teeth a mini spa treatment every day. Your teeth will be thanking you and your smile will be healthy and bright.”
—New York cosmetic dentist Nargiz Schmidt, DDS

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“The one at-home smile product I recommend is Invisalign. The technology has made it possible to complete mostly at home and with the proper treatment planning, it can improve crowding, correct an uneven smile and fix your bite. It will help you love your smile.” —New York cosmetic dentist Irene Grafman, DDS

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