Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
There so many choices in color, bristle type, style, size, manual or electric and it's easy to become confused or overwhelmed about which toothbrush is best. Toothbrush technology has come a long way over the years and while we no longer have to use a stick or boar hair to clean our teeth, how do we choose a brush?
Your toothbrush is an especially important tool in your oral hygiene because brushing your teeth helps remove food debris and plaque. Using the proper brush is your best defense against plaque build up. Prompt and proper removal of plaque will prevent further oral health problems like difficulty brushing because of tartar build up and gingivitis.
What type of bristles do you use?
B. Hard/ bristles
C. Soft flat cut, simple
Dr. Bertolini recommends C - a simple even layered soft-bristled brush head for the best and safest clean. The extra bells and whistles on other types of brush heads can actually injure your teeth and gums. Hard bristles don't clean better instead they can wear away your gums and enamel! Angled bristles can sometimes wear unevenly with use and add more pressure onto certain areas of your gums and cause them to recede.
Brushing twice a day, flossing, having regular check ups and changing your tooth brush every 3 months (or earlier if you see wear in the bristles because a frayed/ worn brush does not clean as effectively) is the best way to keep your smile bright and healthy.
For more information on how to brush your or your child's teeth, visit our website www.northcantonsmiles.com/How_To_Brush.html .