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Henry Ford famously said a customer could have any color they wanted on their Model T “as long as it was black.” Those days are over—today’s cars and trucks come with a slew of options, and not just their paint color.
There’s something else with a wide array of possible options: your choice of toothbrush. Your local store’s dental care aisle has dozens of toothbrushes in a myriad of sizes, shapes and features. And many promise better hygiene outcomes because of their unique design.
It’s enough to make your head spin. But you can narrow your search for the right toothbrush— just look for these basic qualities.
Bristle texture. At this all-important juncture between brush and teeth, softer-textured bristles are better. That might sound counter-intuitive, but soft bristles are just as capable at removing bacterial plaque, that sticky tooth film most responsible for dental disease, as stiffer bristles. Stiffer bristles, on the other hand, can damage gums and cause recession. Also, look too for rounded bristles (gentler on the gums), and multi-leveled or angled ones for better access around teeth.
Size and shape. Toothbrushes come in different sizes because, well, so do mouths. Look, then, for a brush and bristle head that can comfortably reach all the teeth in your mouth. If you have problems with manual dexterity, choose a brush with larger grip handles. A brush that’s comfortable to use and easy to handle can make your brushing more effective.
ADA Seal of Acceptance. The American Dental Association tests hygiene products like toothbrushes. If they pass the association’s standards, the manufacturer includes the ADA Seal of Approval on their packaging. Not all submit their brushes for this evaluation, so the seal’s absence doesn’t necessarily mean a brush is of low quality. The seal, though, does tell you the product passes muster with dental professionals.
It often takes a little trial and error to find the right brush, but since you should change yours out every six months, it’s a small price to experiment. And, no matter how great the brush, it’s only as good at removing plaque as the hand that holds it. So, be sure you learn proper brushing techniques—that and the right brush will keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If you would like more information on choosing the right toothbrush, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sizing Up Toothbrushes.”
Unlike other bathroom items like shampoo, a toothbrush does not simply run out when it requires replacement. In fact, knowing when to switch your toothbrush for a new one can be hard to determine. Find out more about the signs that you should replace your toothbrush with Dr. Kunio Chan at One Dental Care in Billerica, MA.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
The general rule of thumb is that you should replace your toothbrush as it begins to show signs of wear. If the bristles of your brush become frayed and misshapen, it is probably time for a new toothbrush. For most people, this usually happens around the 3-month mark. Additionally, you should replace your toothbrush immediately after recovering from being sick. When storing your toothbrush, be sure it lies in a vertical position and give the bristles enough room to air dry thoroughly. Do not store your toothbrush inside of a container as this could cause bacteria to grow.
Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Billerica, MA
One of the biggest benefits of regular dental examinations and cleanings is the preventative care they provide. Cleanings remove tartar and plaque from the teeth, decreasing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Catching dental problems early during a regular examination allows for treatment before more complex issues arise. Be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Between Bi-Annual Dental Visits
While electric toothbrushes make it easier to clean the teeth, manual toothbrushes work just fine as well. According to the American Dental Association, both kinds of brushes effectively clean the teeth if used correctly. Either way, you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice daily. Floss at least once daily. Be sure to brush and floss every tooth, including behind your back molars. Committing to a strong at-home oral care routine significantly lowers the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss.
To learn more about healthy oral care habits or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact your Billerica, MA dentist at One Dental Care, Dr. Kunio Chan. Call (978) 667-0691 to schedule your dental examination or cleaning today!