Choosing the Right Toothbrush! 3 Tips from a Dentist

You can't overestimate the importance of good oral hygiene, not only for dental health, but for your overall wellbeing. In fact, gum disease is a major risk factor for the development of serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.

1. Bristle?

There are many options and brands available now when you purchase a toothbrush! You will be able to select a toothbrush with soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. For the vast majority of people, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be the most comfortable and safest choice. Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth and the strength of your teeth, medium- and hard-bristled brushes could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel. For even more tooth protection when you brush, be sure the bristles on the toothbrush you select have rounded tips.

2. Size?

The best toothbrush head for you should allow you easy access to all surfaces of your teeth. For most adults, a toothbrush head a 1.5cm wide and 3cm tall will be the easiest to use and the most effective. Though there are larger toothbrush heads available, you may find that it is difficult to maneuver them to clean certain hard-to-reach areas, such as the sides and backs of your molars. The toothbrush should have a long enough handle so you can comfortably hold it in your hand.

3. Manual or Electric?

As long as you clean your teeth regularly using proper brushing technique, you should be able to reduce plaque build-up and keep your gums healthy with either a manual or powered toothbrush, technique however is always best.

If you want to find out more, give us a call on 9429 8999, and we can have a qualified dentist speak to you on your dental needs. Milestone Dental Richmond is here to help.

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