Choosing a Toothbrush and Dental Cleaning Tips
Everything You Need To Know About Toothbrushes and Great Oral Hygiene
A basic and essential component of good oral hygiene is a toothbrush. At Premier Dentistry of Stuart, Florida we try to help our patients make good oral hygiene decisions including choosing the right toothbrush for optimal dental health.
Here are some basic tips that will help ensure you choose the proper toothbrush for excellent dental care.
What should I look for when selecting a toothbrush?
Today when looking for a toothbrush you will come across a variety of different styles, colors and designs that sometimes makes the choice daunting. There are also more specialized products including electricity and even sonic waves.
One basic rule of choosing a toothbrush is to make sure it bears the Seal of Acceptance of the American Dental Association (ADA). This ensures that any claims made on the packaging are correct, and also that the toothbrush met the ADA’s testing requirements for quality and safety.
What type of toothbrush bristles are best?
Choose a toothbrush with polished, soft bristles that have rounded ends. Harder bristles can cause harm to your gums and should be avoided.
What is the best shape toothbrush to choose?
Choose a shape of toothbrush that fits comfortably in your hand. This varies for different people so the best method is to just try the shape you think will work best for you and see if it feels okay as you hold it.
Make sure the toothbrush still feels comfortable even when you are trying to brush your hardest-to-reach teeth.
How often do I need to buy a new toothbrush?
A good rule of thumb for excellent oral hygiene is to get a new toothbrush about every three months. If you notice that your toothbrush is getting a lot of wear and tear that has frayed the bristles then you should replace it sooner.
An older and worn toothbrush will not be as effective in removing harmful bacteria from your teeth as a new toothbrush. If you are sick then you once you get better it is also a good idea to purchase a new toothbrush.
Is it a good idea to use an electric toothbrush?
While a manual toothbrush should work fine for most people, those who are disabled or very old and have lost some of their manual dexterity may find it easier to use an electric toothbrush.
Make sure to read the instructions and use the electric toothbrush correctly. Do not apply too much pressure, and take care to use the proper speed, head size and bristle rotation as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Are the new sonic toothbrushes effective?
A relatively new sonic wave technology works to remove harmful bacteria with sonic waves. Without even touching the surface these toothbrushes can get rid of plaque in very hard to reach locations such as beneath the gum line and between your teeth.
Consult Your Dentist About the Best Toothbrush for You
If you have any questions about which toothbrush to choose for your particular needs make sure to consult with your dentist. Also make sure to brush and floss twice each day, and maintain regular dentist appointments for teeth cleaning and check ups.
Premier Dentistry of Stuart Florida is proud to serve the city of Stuart as well other Florida regions including Port St. Lucie, Port Salerno, Palm City, Jupiter and the greater Martin County area of Florida. Please give us a call for all of your dental needs.
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