Oral Hygiene: Using the Right Toothbrush for Your Smile

Did you know that your oral hygiene routine is not necessarily effective if you’re using the wrong toothbrush? Well, it’s true! Using the right toothbrush is an important part in your daily oral hygiene routine. To make sure you are using the best toothbrush for your smile, dentists today strongly recommend looking for the following characteristics in your brush:

Bristle type: When brushing your teeth, it is best to use a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Many people think that a hard-bristled brush is more effective, but that is not the case. A soft-bristled brush effectively removes the plaque and debris from your smile and it does not destroy or harm the gums. It is also a great tool that is successful in reducing the risks of periodontal disease.

Toothbrush size: It is also important to use a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth. Generally, a toothbrush with a half-inch wide and one-inch tall head is a good choice. For a more effective cleaning, you can also use a brush with a non-slip grip and a dome-style bristle type. If you aren’t sure if an electric or manual toothbrush is better, your preference is all that matters. As long as your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and your gums are not harmed, you are on the right track.

ADA approval: To ensure that your toothbrush is safe and effective, use one that has been approved by the American Dental Association. This stamp of approval means your toothbrush has undergone vigorous quality control tests for cleaning effectiveness and safety.

In order to pick the best toothbrush for your smile, it is wise to consult with your dentist during your next appointment. If you talk to your dentist about using the right toothbrush, he will give you suggestions based on your specific oral health situation.

To learn more about the best tools to use during your oral hygiene routine, call our office today. We look forward to helping you reach your smile goals!