Brushing is important to maintaining good oral health. This is taught to us from a young age by our parents and dentist. Yet, brushing alone is not always enough. It is also important to know how to brush, which toothbrushes are best, and which toothbrushes to avoid. Brushing incorrectly or using the wrong brush can actually do more harm than good when it comes to your oral care.
How to Brush
It can seem natural to just drag the toothbrush across your teeth, but this can actually cause harm to your gums. It is important when brushing to hold the bristles towards your gums at a forty-five-degree angle so they can sweep under the gum line and clear out the bacteria and plaque hiding there. You should also be brushing your tongue and back of your teeth to for a clean mouth.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
Bristles – Many people think that a harder bristle will give you a better clean, but they can actually damage your gums. Hard bristles irritate and inflame gums causing them to bleed and pull away from teeth. Softer bristles will gently remove plaque build up without hurting your gums and mouth. Medium bristles will be ideal for most, while soft bristles are a great option for those that suffer from gum disease.
Size – Toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes and size really does matter. Having a toothbrush that is too big can make it hard to maneuver around your mouth, while having one that is too small can add a lot of extra work to your oral care routine. Generally, a half inch wide and inch long is the ideal size for most adults.
Type – Since the development of electric toothbrushes there has been a battle about which will give you a better clean, electric or manual. While electric toothbrushes will require less time than manual toothbrushes to give you a clean smile, it really comes down to personal preference. If you prefer the control of a manual toothbrush than go with what makes you more comfortable.
Don’t Neglect Your Dentist
No matter what toothbrush you get, it will never be able to replace regular cleanings. Your dentist will be able to remove stubborn plaque that hides between your teeth for a better clean. If you live in the Wilmington, DE area and would like more information on choosing the right toothbrush, please contact Dr. Bruce Matthews and his team today!