At Vitangeli Dental in Englewood OH, we are often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the humble toothbrush. Our answer? Picking a toothbrush can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.
If you have visited the dental section of the grocery store 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 even claim to freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose? It can be a bewildering selection.
One key factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
After having dental work or oral surgery, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!
When buying a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feels 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 tooth brush. Some kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask us at Vitangeli Dental.
What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some people like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. Those with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.
Our friendly and gentle dental hygienists instruct our patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques. If you haven’t experienced a deep cleaning at Vitangeli Dental, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.
To maintain your oral health, brush twice a day with a soft-bristle brush. Be sure to floss, too. And schedule an exam and cleaning with Vitangeli Dental in Englewood OH. We offer general dentistry and a full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Make an appointment today.
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