Q. Can my husband and I use an electric toothbrush and anticavity mouth rinse to maintain oral health?

Answered by
Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sushrutha Muralidharan
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 21, 2021

Hi doctor,

I was wondering if it is possible to consult with you about dental care. My husband and I did not go to a dentist since COVID hit, and I am wondering if, besides flossing and brushing our teeth, there are other things we can do to make sure our oral health is covered.

We use a regular toothbrush and anticavity mouth rinse, along with flossing. I saw that there are electric toothbrushes with an application that helps brush thoroughly, such as Philips or Oral B. I was wondering if you can recommend any tools or toothbrushes so we can take care of ourselves until we can see a dentist. Kindly give your opinion.



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I went through your query, am very happy to help you in every possible way. It would be very helpful if I would have seen the current oral hygiene status of your and your husband. Kindly upload an image keeping your mouth open, making sure the teeth are visible.

I will guide you if I find any concerning issues. Apart from this, except for brushing and flossing, you can use mouthwash and rinse, mixing it in lukewarm water two to three times a day.

Once I receive the image, I would assist immediately and help in every possible way.

I hope this was helpful.

Hi doctor,

Thank you.

I will attach my and my husband's picture. Kindly give your opinion.



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Please attach the pictures. I will help in every possible way.

Hi doctor,

Thank you.

I have attached the images. Kindly give your opinion.



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I went through the images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Overall oral hygiene is fine, by the way. But your husband has few carious teeth in the upper right second premolar, upper left first premolar, second premolar, and first molar. They need attention, such as fillings or root canal as per carious spread. But if it is not safe for you to go out and get help, you can maintain oral hygiene till then. Yes, an electric toothbrush gives promising results. But they are expensive. You can use them or just a simple ultra-soft toothbrush. Rinse every time you eat any sticky food. Use a mild mouthwash but do not prolong use them. Give breaks in between two to three weeks, then continue again as they can impart staining too. Since it is a COVID situation, try rinsing the mouthwash in lukewarm water. Saltwater gargle works like a charm. Eat healthily and take vitamin supplements to boost up immunity. I hope it was helpful. Let me know if any further queries. I will be very happy to help again.

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