Recommended Oral Care Products from the San Antonio Office of Dr. Nelson and Westlakes Family Dental

Here, at Dr. Nelson’s and Westlakes Family Dental in San Antonio, Texas, we understand dental patients and the apprehension that often accompanies a trip to the dentist. Putting you at ease is one of our primary goals. We strive to ensure that your oral care needs are handled quickly and efficiently.

Products that Enhance Effective Oral Care

At Westlakes Family Dental, patient education is also important. We teach you how to reduce tooth decay, maintain healthy gums, and present a brighter smile. Here are seven products that Dr. Nelson and the Westlakes Family Dental staff use and approve:

1) Oral-B Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrush

Conceived as a tool for patients with limited motor skills, the first electric toothbrushes were originally manufactured in Switzerland. By as early as 1956, research had already proven that electric toothbrushes provide superior results over manual brushing. The first USA-marketed electric toothbrush came about in the 1980s.

The Oral-B electric toothbrush enables significant user dexterity and provides enhanced accessibility when reaching into those back areas of the molars and other hard to reach chewing surfaces. Studies indicate that it takes two minutes to clean your teeth. The Oral-B’s built-in timer helps ensure that you brush efficiently and effectively. Models from the Oral-B Professional Care 1000 to the Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 get our choice awards.

2) Glide Floss

Waxed dental floss

Conceived in the early 1800s by Levi Spear Parmly, dental floss is designed to dislodge irritating matter from between your teeth. In 1896, dental floss became a broad scale market item.

Glide Floss contains a light wax coating that improves grip and improves application. The product also resists shredding and effectively removes plaque from between teeth and below the gum line. We give Glide Floss an A+ for reducing the effects of gingivitis.

3) Colgate Total Dental Toothpaste


In the 1890s, dental toothpaste came in tubes constructed entirely of metal. During WWII, a metal shortage forced manufacturers to switch to a combination of metal and plastic. Today, all toothpaste tubes are constructed from plastic.

Here at Dr. Nelson’s and Westlakes Family Dental, we bear witness to the power of Triclosan. This anti-cavity, anti-gingivitis product offers advanced plaque control, reduces bad breath and includes powerful tartar control properties.

4) Anitmicrobial Mouthrinse

Antimicrobial Mouthrinse

The human mouth contains more than 300 types of bacteria. Although some types of bacteria work against the colonization of invading pathogens, the accumulation of bacteria on oral surfaces plays a major role in the development of most common dental diseases, including caries and periodontal disease.

Listerine and Crest Pro Health rank as part of Dr. Nelson’s suggested defense against gingivitis. Clinical studies show that Listerine significantly reduces plaque and gingivitis far above the services of brushing and flossing alone.  Be sure to use these products according to the instructions and in accordance to the advice of your dentist.

5) MI Fluoride Paste- Prescription Only

Beginning as a three-dimensional network of nanometer size mineral particles that form into amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), mature dental enamel is composed mainly of calcium hydroxyapatite. Although dental enamel is the hardest and most mineralized tissue in the human body, it too requires maintenance.

MI Fluoride Paste is designed to reduce tooth sensitivity and to effectively protect the teeth of high caries risk patients. Fast acting, adaptable to localized application, and excellent as a source of tooth-replenishing calcium and phosphate, this product works to maintain normal acid levels within the patient’s mouth. Balanced acid levels reduce damage to tooth enamel. Derived from milk, MI Fluoride Paste is not recommended for patients with milk-related allergies.

6) Opalescence Tooth Whitening System-Prescription Only

Home tooth whitening system

Barbers, doubling as dental surgeons, performed the first type of teeth whitening procedures. The work involved filing down the patient’s teeth and then dabbing the finished product with a highly corrosive nitric acid. Maintaining an 18th century smile carried a very expensive cost in enamel.

When used correctly, the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System is safe and effective. It utilizes the best bleaching agent and the highest concentration of carbamide peroxide on the market. We give this product a hardy thumbs-up.

7) Waterpik

Oral irrigation systems utilize a high-pressure water stream to clear food from between the patient’s teeth. Sometimes called dental water jets, these products claim as much as a 93 percent improvement over the effectiveness of using dental floss alone.

Conceived in 1955 by Dr. Gerald Moyer, the Waterpik was recognized as the first oral irrigator. In a team-up with John Mattingly, a hydraulic engineer, Dr. Moyer created and released the first Waterpik to the public in 1967.

As an effective tool in periodontal maintenance, we give the Waterpik our vote of approval. It provides the ideal solution for those with gingivitis, implants, crowns, orthodontic appliances and other oral care needs.

Basic Oral Hygiene

  • It is real simple. Make daily oral care a habit.
  • Brush three times a day.
  • Floss daily.
  • Utilize antimicrobial mouthrinse.
  • Brush teeth and gingiva.
  • Know and understand the pros and cons of the products you use.
  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis.