You may think that all toothbrushes are the same. But is that really true? Can you use any toothbrush and expect to maintain a healthy, cavity-free mouth? The answer is more complex than you may think! Not all toothbrushes are the same, and in this blog from DK Dental Care, we’ll explain why. We’ll also discuss what you should think about when choosing a new toothbrush.
When it comes to picking a toothbrush, some things are a matter of personal preference, like the size of the brush, the type of handle, and the shape of the head. There are lots of different types out there, and they’ll all do a good job if you brush your teeth consistently.
The main thing to look out for is bristle stiffness. This actually can have an impact on your oral health. Most people should choose soft to medium bristles. These provide plenty of cleaning power, and are gentle on your gums and teeth.
In fact, stiff-bristled brushes can actually damage your oral health. If you use a brush that’s very stiff and you brush your teeth aggressively, you can actually damage your gums and wear down your enamel. So unless you’re very gentle when brushing, you should avoid stiff bristles.
And consistency is key. To keep your mouth healthy, you not only need the right toothbrush, but you also need to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your teeth.
If you choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles, you use the right toothpaste, and you brush consistently with good technique, your teeth will stay healthy. But if you’re not sure what to buy, here are a few of our recommendations at DK Dental Care:
At-home oral hygiene is very important for your oral health. But so are regular visits with Dr. David Keeling at DK Dental Care. Routine six-month visits allow Dr. Keeling to check on your oral health, look for hidden signs of issues like cavities and gums disease, and make recommendations to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine.
So don’t wait. If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you should choose the right toothbrush, brush regularly, and start coming to DK Dental Care for your six-month checkups. Contact us online or give us a call at (414) 529-3253 to get started today.