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The editors of Dental Products Report share another look at 5 of the most impactful home care products from the past year.
Home care products can be purchased over the counter or provided by the dentist, and every year more and more choices are available—so many so that it may be a little overwhelming deciding which ones are best for patients. These 5 products released in the past year received plenty of attention from our readers and are sure to help patients looking to stay on top of their oral health when outside the dental practice.
[ Toothpaste ]
Essentials Fluoride Toothpaste
Arm & Hammer Essentials Fluoride Toothpaste has all the great benefits of 100% natural baking soda combined with clinically proven benefits. This includes fluoride for caries prevention and naturally sourced calcium for repair of the enamel surface: the essentials. It is also free of sodium lauryl sulfate, peroxide, preservatives, parabens, artificial sweeteners, and dyes. There are 2 options for dental professionals: Essentials Whiten & Strengthen Fluoride Toothpaste and Essentials Healthy Teeth & Gums Fluoride Toothpaste.
Arm & Hammer
800-786-5135 | oralcarepro.com
[ INTERPROXIMAL BRUSH ]
GUM® Soft-Picks® Comfort Flex Mint
GUM Soft-Picks Comfort Flex Mint assists your patients when it comes to between-teeth cleaning. Delivering a whole-mouth, minty fresh sensation, they are the newest offering in the GUM line of Soft-Picks, which includes GUM Soft-Picks Original and Advanced, clinically proven to clean between teeth as effectively as string flossing. They feature flexible rubber bristles that slide between teeth for gentle, safe, and effective food and plaque removal. Its bristles massage and stimulate the gums, helping to keep them healthy.
Sunstar Americas, Inc
800-528-8537 | us-professional.gumbrand.com/gumbrand
[ HOME CARE ]
The Colgate Zero line has offerings for kids and adults with 0% artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and colors in the toothpastes and 0% artificial flavors, sweeteners, and dyes in the mouthwashes. The Zero toothpaste for kids 2-6 Years strengthens enamel and protects against caries. The kids’ toothpaste is also available for 3- to 24-month-olds in a fluoride-free formula that gently cleans teeth. For adults, there’s peppermint or spearmint toothpaste with a microfoaming formula that deep cleans.
800-468-6502 | colgate.com
[ TOOTHPASTE ]
RiseWell Mineral Toothpaste
RiseWell toothpaste is made with naturally-derived hydroxyapatite, a mineral that makes up 97% of tooth enamel and has been proved to strengthen and protect teeth without fluoride. The company removed the toxic ingredients found in traditional toothpastes and used 100% safe and natural alternatives that clean and protect just as effectively. It’s made with essential oils (peppermint and tea tree) and extracts that not only naturally freshen breath but also have been shown to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.
843-384-1282 | risewell.com
[ Appliance Accessory ]
Lullubee’s Retainer Buddy is a fun, convenient, and sturdy holder for retainers and orthodontic aligners. It keeps retainers and aligners safe and off household surfaces during eating and tooth brushing. Designed to work for all shapes and sizes, including nightguards and Invisalign, Retainer Buddy is described as an affordable and amusing addition for any child or even the young at heart. Currently available designs include a unicorn, gnome, football player, and soccer player, with more characters in the works.