At The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth, we are often asked how to pick the most basic tool of dental hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush can be as challenging as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.
If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store or drugstore lately, you know what we mean. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.
Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you pick the best one?
One crucial factor is the bristles. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff to wipe plaque, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also deliver more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
When picking a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized toothbrush. Some kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush. If you are unsure, ask your dentist.
What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some people like the feeling of pulsing bristles or a mini-squirt gun squirting away at the plaque. People with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.
At The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth, we recommend finding what works best for you, and sticking with it. Brush twice a day, and don’t forget to floss. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry services to brighten any smile. Schedule an appointment today.
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