Toothbrushing Mistake No. 2: Not Picking the Right Bristles

  • Toothbrushing Mistake No. 2: Not Picking the Right Bristles

    October 23rd, 2013

    Some toothbrushes have angled bristles, others straight. So is one type better? Dentists say no.

    ”It’s more related to technique than the way the bristles come out,” says Sesemann.

    What is important when buying a toothbrush? Bristles that are too stiff can aggravate the gums. The ADA recommends a soft-bristled brush.

    ”Bristles should be sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough to damage [the teeth] when used properly,” says Price. He doesn’t recommend “natural” bristles such as those made from animal hair or boar bristle.

    For those who have just undergone surgery or other dental procedures, extra-soft bristles are recommended for delicate care. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush after surgery or any procedure is highly discouraged in order to prevent further damage. So next time you’re going to buy a toothbrush choose check the bristles.

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  • Toothbrushing Mistake No.1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”

    October 16th, 2013

    Using the right toothbrush to maintain oral hygiene is important, it allows you to clean hard to reach areas of your mouth therefore minimizing the risks of plaque and cavity build up. On the other hand, not using the right toothbrush can have detrimental effects on your oral health since tooth decay is likely to occur with poorly maintained teeth. So the question is; how to choose the right toothbrush?

    Consider the size of your mouth when picking a toothbrush, says Richard H. Price, DMD, the consumer advisor for the American Dental Association. “If you are straining to open wide enough to let the brush in, the brush is probably too big,” he says.

    ”The handle has to be comfortable,” he says. It should feel as comfortable as holding a fork when you eat.

    “The more comfortable it is in your mouth and your hand, then the more likely you will use it and use it properly,” he says.

    Which is the better toothbrush: Electric or manual?

    “It’s an individual preference,” says Michael Sesemann, DDS, president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an Omaha dentist.  “A person who brushes well with a manual will do as well as a person who brushes well with an electric.”

    Price agrees. “It’s not the toothbrush, it’s the brusher.”

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