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By Advanced Dental Arts
November 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothbrush   Brush  

Find out what you should know before you purchase your next toothbrush.

While how often you brush your teeth and the techniques you use are very important components to keeping your mouth healthy, did you know that the type of tools you use could also have an impact? From the office of our Oakville, MO family dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, adopt these helpful bits of advice the next time you go shopping for a toothbrush.

First and foremost, a soft-bristled toothbrush is always the best way to go. It will still be an effective way to eliminate plaque and food from your teeth but without damaging your enamel. Hard-bristled toothbrushes or brushes that have old, frayed bristles can wear away and damage enamel.

You may not think about it, but factors such as the type of handle, the shape of the toothbrush head and the style of bristles can matter. While all different shapes and sizes will work the same, if you find that a toothbrush with a non-slip grip is easier to maneuver or you find that you get a more effective clean with rippled bristles over the flat kind, stick with what makes you happy and what gets you to brush your teeth.

Some people ask us whether a powered toothbrush will clean teeth better than a manual toothbrush. While our Oakville dentist is happy to recommend electric toothbrushes that could work for you, there is no proof that these toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque and food from teeth. Of course, those with arthritis or other conditions that make it more difficult to hold or handle a toothbrush might find that a powered toothbrush is easier to use. Again, whatever feels most comfortable to you is the best option.

Remember that a toothbrush doesn’t last forever. You will need to replace it every three months. One way to tell that it’s time to throw out your toothbrush is to inspect the bristles. Do the bristles splay out and look worn? Then it’s time to get a new toothbrush. You should also change your toothbrush after an illness, as bristles can harbor bacteria and cause a reinfection.

Whether you have questions about the type of toothbrush you should use or you need to schedule your routine cleaning, our Oakville, MO general dentist, Dr. Schertzer is here to help. Call Advanced Dental Arts today!

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