|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
May 13, 2016
Your dental health is an important part of your overall health. One of the key factors in keeping your teeth clean is to brush them. The number of different types of toothbrushes on the market today can be a little overwhelming when trying to pick the right one. They can vary in feel, shape, size and style. The size, shape and style of the brush you choose can make a big difference in the way they clean your teeth. The following are a few tips for picking the right toothbrush.
- Soft-bristled toothbrushes have been shown to work better than the stiffer bristled brushes. Softer bristles are better at removing plaque and debris from between the teeth. The softness of the bristles allows them to maneuver around and between the teeth. Soft bristle brushes are also more comfortable for the entire mouth. Harder bristles can’t get into those hard to reach places between the teeth.
- Brushes that have a smaller head can reach more places within the mouth. Most adults should use a brush with the head measuring an inch wide and one inch tall. These are the easiest to use and most effective. When the brush head is too large, it may not be able to reach the back molars.
- The look of a toothbrush also widely varies. Handles can have non-slip grips or flexible necks. The shape of the head can be tapered or rectangular. Sometimes the bristles can include a rippled, flat or domed shape. When choosing between these differences, you should pick a toothbrush that feels most comfortable to you. It should be able to fit in your mouth and reach all the teeth. It may take some trial and error, but you will find what fits for you. Also choose a color that you like so you will want to use it more.
- Some people prefer a powered toothbrush over a manual one. Most of these brushes use ultrasonic waves to clean between the teeth. These electric brushes help some people do a better job of brushing the teeth for the proper amount of time. They can help clean teeth better for those who have limited manual dexterity.
- When picking a toothbrush, look out for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval. This shows that the brush will stand up to normal wear and is safe to use.
Remember to always change your toothbrush about every three months. Check you toothbrush to make sure the bristles aren’t worn out. If it is old or worn out it will not clean the teeth like it should. Broken bristles can also do damage to the tissues in the mouth.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.
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