Dental ‘Gimmicks’ – Are They Worth It?

Dental ‘Gimmicks’ – Are They Worth It?

A brief look at some of the ‘dental accessories’ available.

In most family bathrooms, you will find a toothbrush and toothpaste. In some though, you may well find a range of various accessories that people have bought in order to look after their teeth better.

In today’s blog, we take a look at some of these and evaluate how useful they really are with regards to taking care of your oral health.

Tongue scrapers

It is not unusual to find a rough section on a toothbrush which is designed to scrape the furred up surface of your tongue. Individual tongue scrapers are also available though and are used by a number of people.

Whilst there is no harm in using these, providing that you do so reasonably gently, there really shouldn’t be a need to do so. The furred surface of the tongue is usually a collection of bacteria and may indicate that there are problems with your oral health. Rather than rely on a tongue scraper, we would recommend that you pay a visit to our Ipswich dental practice in order to have your oral health checked.

Water Piks

Water piks are used to clean between the teeth. They are more widely used in the US, but are also available here. There have been questions asked as to their effectiveness, and, in our opinion, whilst we wouldn’t wish to discourage people from cleaning between their teeth if this is their preferred method, we feel that the use of dental floss, if done correctly, is more effective in the fight against gum disease.

Interdental brushes

Interdental brushes are an increasingly popular alternative to dental floss and can be useful, especially if you find flossing difficult. It may require a little trial and error to find the right sizes for your teeth but should prove to be a useful product to have in your bathroom if you do not already floss.


Some mouthwashes can help to prevent gum disease, whilst others offer little more than to temporarily freshen your breath. If you are considering using a mouthwash, we recommend that you discuss the best ones available with the dentist at the Foxhall Dental Practice. It should be noted that some mouthwashes may work by creating a film over the teeth which can lead to discolouration.

Emergency dental kits

These kits comprise of small quantities of dental care supplies, including a small quantity of ready made filling material. You may find them useful if you travel a lot, especially to remote areas where dental care may not be available. Generally though, if you have a dental problem, it is much better to call us for an emergency dental appointment than to try to resolve it yourself. Even if you need to use one of these kits whilst travelling, please do see us upon your return. If fillings are not placed correctly, it is likely that decay will follow in the spaces between the filling and the natural tooth.

We are always keen to offer our advice to our Ipswich patients who may be considering using any new products that come along. Please feel free to contact the Foxhall Dental Practice by calling us on 01473 258396.