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At our Paradise, CA dentist’s office, we have one focus: YOU. Your health. Your comfort. Your satisfaction with your smile. We make recommendations based on what is best for you, and we’ll help you sort through your options. We also strive to go the extra mile (through this online educational platform) to keep you on the good road in between checkups.
That’s why today we want to talk about your frontline of defense against gum disease and tooth decay: brushing your teeth. In this never-ending war for the health of your smile, your primary weapon is, obviously, a toothbrush.
Keep reading to hear our thoughts on choosing a good weapon, and then be sure to get in-touch with our team to schedule your next appointment at Robert D. Moores, DDS!
The Right Stuff
Over the course of your life, you should be using your toothbrush every day, at least twice a day, for at least two minutes at a stretch. As such, you ought to be well-acquainted with your weapon of choice.
But have you ever really given it much thought? Did it come equipped with a tongue scraper. How about a gum massager?. Is it one of those toothbrushes that vibrate? Or is it one that pulsates?
Does it matter?
None of that really makes any difference in terms of effectiveness.
In fact, all that really matters is size and bristle firmness.
Everything else is just for show and personal preference.
Finding an effective toothbrush is not complicated, but it is important that you choose the right one, or else you may not be getting your teeth as clean as you could be, and you could be putting yourself at risk for problems down the road.
The Right Size
The size of your toothbrush is important because it determines how easily you can maneuver your toothbrush around to get to hard to reach areas of your mouth.
Your back teeth, or molars, are notoriously difficult to brush, and if the head of your toothbrush is too large, or if the handle is too short, then it can be a frustrating exercise.
However, if the the head is too small, you will have to work that much harder to cover the surface area of your teeth, which will make it easier to overlook spots, especially when you are thinking about going to sleep or you are trying to get your bearings at the start of a new day.
You should also keep in mind that if the handle of the brush is too long, you run the risk of injuring the soft tissue inside your mouth. The inside of your cheeks and the back of your throat are particularly sensitive.
So, what should you look for in a toothbrush?
In our California practice, we have found that a toothbrush with a head that is about a ½ inch wide by an inch long is the ideal size for the typical adult patient. The handle needs to be long enough for you to be able to get a good grip on it and work it with ease.
The Right Firmness
Most people need to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. The medium and/or hard bristled brushes may be fine if you are dealing with abnormal plaque and tartar build up, but you will want to be careful so as not to inflict damage on your teeth and gums.
Still, the best way to eradicate tartar, plaque, and bacteria that has built up is to visit us every 3-6 months for a professional teeth cleaning. At that point, we may make recommendations regarding your toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash choices. We can also set you up with additional protection (fluoride treatments, sealants, and so forth).
We Want You To Keep Smiling!
If you have any questions or concerns about your toothbrush or preventive dentistry in general, contact us today to schedule an appointment!
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