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Are You Using The Right Toothbrush?

  • September 10, 2016

Hello and welcome to another September edition of the Holly Dental Care blog!

We are your trusted source for comprehensive dentistry solutions in the Holly, Michigan area.

In between your office visits, it is important for you to stay on track with your oral hygiene habits at home. That’s why we want to talk today about selecting the best toothbrush for getting the job done..

Read on and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next preventive appointment with Dr. Hunter and the rest of our team.

Brushing Is The Frontline Defense

If you follow ADA guidelines, you will be using your toothbrush every day, at least twice a day, for two minutes or more. As such, you ought to be intimately acquainted with your toothbrush.

But have you ever really given it a closer look?

Think back, to when you picked it out.

Was it some special aspect draw you towards it, or did you choose it based on color scheme and/or the presence of a particular image or character?

Even if it does fancy things, none of that really makes any difference in terms of effectiveness.

Honestly, all that really matters is size and bristle firmness.

All the rest is just extra.

Finding an effective toothbrush is not brain surgery, 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.

Size Plays A Role

Size matters when it comes to oral health. The size of your toothbrush is important because it determines how easily you can maneuver toothbrush to get to hard to reach sections of your mouth.

Plus, your back teeth, or molars, are 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 drill.

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 overlook spots, especially when you are groggy.

The other thing to keep in mind is 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 is best, all things considered? 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.

Softer Or Harder?

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.

Maybe we sound biased but, objectively speaking, 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.

Learn More, Get Started!

We hope that you have been inspired by today’s post. To take the next step, contact us today to schedule your next preventive appointment at Holly Dental Care of Holly, MI!