Our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office is big on preventive dentistry. If you give us the chance to look after your smile every 3-6 months, you won’t have much to worry about in terms of disease and decay. Still, you will have your work cut out for you at home, which is why you will want to make sure you are using the best tools for the job.
Keep reading to hear about what to consider when choosing a toothbrush and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your next preventive dental checkup with Dr. Roeder.
What Will You Use To Keep Your Smile Healthy & Clean?
Think about it: if you are doing what you are supposed to do, you will use your toothbrush every day, at least twice a day, for at least two minutes at a stretch. That means you should be pretty familiar with your toothbrush. BUt most people really aren’t.
Go back, to when you chose it. Did it come from the dentist? Did some special feature draw you towards it, or did you choose it based on color scheme and/or the presence of a particular image or character?
Is this important?
Well, yes and no. It’s just that some toothbrushes perform better than others.
Certain types come equipped with tongue scrapers. Some even have gum massagers. There are toothbrushes that vibrate. There are ones that pulsate. But none of that really matters when it comes to effectiveness.
Honestly, the things that really matter are size and bristle firmness.
Everything else is just extra fluff.
Finding an effective toothbrush is not that 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 like bacteria buildup and so forth.
Does Size Matter?
The size of your toothbrush does matter because it impacts how easily you can maneuver it to get to the harder to reach zones of your mouth. Your back teeth, or molars, for example are consistently problematic to get to, and if the head of your toothbrush is too large, or if the handle is too short, then it can be a pointless endeavor.
By contrast, 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 miss stuff, especially when you are not fully awake.
Also, 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 the most tender.
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 American adult. The handle needs to be long enough for you to be able to get a good grip on it and work it with ease.
A Soft Touch Is Key
The majority of patients need to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. The medium and/or hard bristled brushes may work better 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.
Keep in mind that the best possible way to eradicate tartar, plaque, and bacteria that has built up is to visit us every six months (at least) for a professional teeth cleaning. While you are here, we may make specific recommendations regarding your toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash choices or set you up with additional preventive services.
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