June is Men's Health Month and Sunday is Father's Day.
So why not focus on some gifts that keep on giving when it comes to oral-systemic health.
Give dad some power tools for the mouth!
If Tim “Tool Time” Taylor was a dentist, here’s what he might suggest – More power!
Power Tooth Brushes: Studies suggest that power brushes like Philips Sonicare and Braun Oral-B significantly extend their reach beyond the tip of the bristles and break up the plaque biofilm more effectively than manual tooth brushes.
Oral-B uses a muti-directional pulsating technology and a brush head the surrounds the tooth to disrupt biofilm and loosen plaque.
What makes Sonicare models “sonic” is their capability of vibrating at much higher frequencies and producing more than 30,000 brush head strokes per minute.
So, which type of power brush technology is best? Both have their advantages and advocates, but either is probably more effective than manual brushing.
Power Interdental Devices: Even if Dad already has a power tooth brush, he's probably not flossing as much as he should. He needs another gadget in is oral hygiene tool box!
For example, the Sonicare AirFloss. In a clinical study of inconsistent flossers, after three months of use, 96% of participants continued to use AirFloss four or more days per week. It features what the company calls microburst technology that delivers microdroplets of air and water to remove plaque and biofilm from between teeth, and it’s proven safe and gentle on gums and teeth.
There's also the tried and true WaterPik Water Flosser, which as its name suggests, uses water to remove the plaque and debris lurking deep between the teeth and below the gum line, where it’s hard to reach with traditional brushing and flossing.
Some dentists recommend that their patients fill the water reservoir with Listerine, chlorhexidine, or even diluted Chlorox to treat their periodontal pockets at home.
These products are available at retail stores, so last minute shopping should not be too much of a hassle.
If you believe as I do that optimal men’s health is contingent upon optimal oral health, forget the ugly tie and get dad some power tools for his mouth!