With the new year in full swing, many are now crafting and beginning to execute 2021 resolutions. Consistently, one of the top goals tends to be focusing more on health and fitness. Many think of losing weight and eating healthier foods. There are other aspects of health that deserve equal attention. Your oral health affects more than just your smile. Taking care of your teeth and gums can aid in warding off cardiovascular disease, Pneumonia, and other inflammatory conditions, among a variety of other potential issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’ve chosen to focus on your health in 2021, why not start with improving your oral hygiene? Traditional brushing and flossing are excellent steps. It may seem like there is little room for improvement or innovation in the saturated market of oral health manufacturers. Many continue to innovate new products to take dental care a step further. We’ve gathered some of the trending products in the market heading into the new year.
Waterpik + Toothbrush Fusion
At-home oral irrigators made their entrance into the oral care scene by Waterpik over 50 years ago. They have remained top in the industry, offering folks a chance to “renew, refresh, and rejuvenate” their smile daily. Water picks help remove food particles and are often preferred over traditional floss as bleeding and inflammation tend to be less with them. Both methods help to prevent cavities and gum diseases. However, it is important to note that as affective as the Waterpik is, it does not replace traditional flossing.
In the past couple of years, Waterpik took it one step further, fusing its innovative water technology with an electric toothbrush. The Sonic Fusion is essentially a “flossing toothbrush” and allows users to brush, floss (with water), or take care of both at the same time. This hybrid device will likely continue to gain momentum in 2021, as it saves time and effort in users’ daily dental care routine.
Added Scents and Flavors
By now, most know the importance of flossing daily. However, many still consider it a chore. Cocofloss emerged in 2013 and has since introduced an entire line of scented floss to make the process more enjoyable. Natural oils provide scents, including peppermint, vanilla, and coconut. Not only have they made flossing more fun, but they may have also made it more effective. Cocofloss creates its floss with added texture, which intents to help better adhere to plaque, and its woven structure makes it both strong and flexible.
If scented oral care products do not encourage you to better care for your smile, perhaps flavors can. Marvis has long been trusted in Italy but has recently increased its presence in the U.S. as well. Their line of flavored toothpaste ranges from traditional mint to unusual suspects like licorice and ginger. As this toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride, it is important to discuss with your dentist whether they are a good option for your individual smile.
Natural Whitening Methods
Brands like Crest have long dominated the DIY teeth whitening scene. However, with more consumers now opting for natural substitutes for everyday products, oral care brands have taken note. Many companies like Hello opt for activated charcoal as the main active ingredient in their products, rather than traditional ones like peroxide. The black paste may scare some, but the activated charcoal helps pull out odors and staining, leading to fresher breath and whiter teeth.
If you want to whiten your teeth naturally but still want fluoride, Opalescence offers an all-natural whitening toothpaste safe for everyday use.
In addition to more natural toothpaste, natural whitening strips have also recently emerged. Brands like Lumineux understand the importance of keeping teeth whitening non-toxic. They use ingredients like dead sea salt and aloe vera to bring whiter smiles to users in as little as two weeks.
Professional Dental Care to Improve your Smile in 2021
All smiles are unique, and the best way to form an oral health plan and find products to support it is to first meet with your local dentist. With a thorough check-up and cleaning, they can assess the condition of your mouth and suggest a course of action if there are areas for improvement. DeJesus Dental Group offers two locations and a team of experienced dentists and staff to ensure you receive the best care and dental advice. We are happy to answer any questions relating to oral health and how you can improve yours.
The new year is a great time to reevaluate your routine and set goals for a healthier you. If better oral hygiene is on your list of resolutions, we’d love to help. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning and take the first step to a healthier smile in 2021!