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By BARRY H. DANZIG, DDS
September 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothbrush  

The tools you use to keep your smile clean can be just as important as how you brush.

 

If you’ve been thinking about ways to improve your oral health then you may be thinking about how well you care for your smile on a daily toothbrushbasis. While brushing and flossing every day are certainly crucial to healthy teeth and gums the toothbrush you use may or may not be helping your cause. From the office of our Billerica, MA dentists Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, find out more about your toothbrush options.

Did you know that the average American spends almost 1,000 hours brushing their teeth during their lifetime? When you think about it that way, don’t you want a toothbrush that will get the job done and keep your smile looking its best for the rest of your life? But from angled toothbrush heads to electronic toothbrushes, which one is right for you?

Our Billerica general dentists are here to tell you that any toothbrush that feels comfortable to you and makes it easy to brush your teeth is the best one. How you brush is a major factor in which toothbrush will be ideal. Many people don’t brush long enough, only brushing for about one minute rather than the required two to three minutes twice a day.

So, how do you find the right toothbrush for you?

Consider some of these pieces of advice before you buy your next toothbrush:

  • The toothbrush you use should have soft bristles, which will be gentler on teeth and sensitive gums. Hard bristles can also wear away at enamel, which can cause tooth sensitivity and other issues.
  • If you’ve been wondering whether powered toothbrushes might provide a more effective clean than a manual, we are here to tell you that they both clean teeth and gums equally well; however, if a powered toothbrush feels easier to maneuver and motivates you to brush your teeth then this is obviously the better choice for you. We also find that those with braces, as well as those with dexterity issues in their hands may like the ease of a powered toothbrush over a manual one.
  • You should also be replacing your toothbrush about every three months, or once bristles start to look worn out. An old toothbrush head will not be as effective at keeping teeth clean. You should also always toss that toothbrush after a bout of illness.
  • Children should have toothbrushes that are designed for their small mouths. This usually includes brushes that have soft bristles, a large easy-to-grip handle and a small head that can get into all those hard-to-reach areas.

Grateful Dentists is here to make sure that you always have expert dental care in Billerica, MA whenever you need it most. Call our office today and get the general, cosmetic or restorative dentistry you’ve been looking for.