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For optimal oral health, it is recommended that you visit your dentist twice per year. That leaves 363 days to care for your smile on your own. Do you have the tools at home to do the job well? Oral hygiene requires a basic set of tools and products that you can find at your local grocery store or pharmacy. But just like your inventory of hair or skincare products, don’t be afraid to really invest in the products that can boost your dental health. Some are non-negotiable and some our optional, but they will all work to improve your smile in between routine dental visits.

Your Tool Kit for a Healthy, Confident Smile

Before buying any dental care product, be sure to look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. This ensures the product has passed tests of effectiveness and safety. After all, these are products you are putting in your mouth! Here’s a quick list of items to consider in your “Healthy Smile Tool Kit”:

  • Toothbrush. Look for a soft-bristled brush. Consider an electric version if you have trouble maneuvering your brush. Always change out your toothbrush every 3 months.
  • Toothpaste. Your chosen toothpaste should always contain fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. However, specialized toothpaste can also be found that have additional ingredients to combat tooth sensitivity, gingivitis, bad breath, tartar and more. What does your oral health need?
  • Dental floss. Don’t miss this critical dental care tool. Flossing is what cleans 35% of your tooth surfaces that your toothbrush can’t reach. With floss, you’ll have the option of various flavors as well as waxed and un-waxed versions.
  • Dental picks and sticks. These are alternative options for traditional dental floss. Picks, sticks and mini-brushes provide interdental cleaning for those with bridges, dentures or braces as well as those that have trouble navigating string floss between the teeth. Please note that these are NOT toothpicks, which can be dangerous for the soft tissues of your mouth.
  • Oral irrigators. Again, a highly effective and preferred option for flossing. This is a powered appliance that shoots regulated streams of water into your teeth and gums to blast away food particles and bacteria just like traditional floss. In fact, some consider water flossers more effective than string floss.
  • Teeth whiteners. The safest and most effective means to whiten your smile is with professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist. However, to maintain your teeth whitening results at home or to combat minor surface stains, there are several over-the-counter products to try. Always ask your dentist about whitening kits or bleaching strips from the store before you use them. Most dentists also offer custom trays for a professional “take home” whitening experience.
  • Mouthwash. This is often considered as an optional dental hygiene product. Mouthwash does far more than just “freshen your breath.” There are different mouthwashes that help control different dental problems, including plaque, gingivitis and cavities. Mouthwash can certainly offer the additional protection your smile needs.
  • Tongue scrapers. Did you know that the majority of bacteria in your mouth lives on your tongue? This is where most cases of halitosis (bad breath) come from. To boost your oral health and reduce foul breath odor, consider a tongue scraper to eliminate bad bacteria in the deep grooves of your tongue surface.

Professional Advice for Your Unique Smile

If you are still overwhelmed and confused at the thought of choosing the right dental products to use at home, call Group Health Dental. We help patients realize the importance of daily oral hygiene while also guiding them on the best tools and products for their specific smile. Always ask our dental team if you are unsure about which products to buy. In many cases, you may need to change the makeup of your tool kit to include items that fight or prevent a certain oral health condition you are facing, such as gingivitis or teeth sensitivity.

To get expert advice on dental care at home, please contact Group Health Dental in Manhattan. We are here for our patients throughout the entire year – not just the two times you see us!

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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