What About Your Toothbrush?
For us at Overmeyer Family Dental there is no greater feeling than seeing a family enjoying the sun in Orlando with healthy, beautiful, bright smiles spread across their faces. We are passionate about oral health and family dental care because we are passionate about families. A healthy lifestyle will keep families together longer and feeling great, and oral health is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle.
The foundation of a healthy oral hygiene routine is brushing your teeth. This is not new information. You have most likely been brushing your teeth twice a day ever since you’ve had teeth to brush. Brushing your teeth thoroughly and regularly is undoubtedly one of the most important practices for a healthy lifestyle, and not just oral health, but your complete well being.
As import as brushing your teeth is, how much thought do you actually give to choosing a toothbrush? The sheer number of choices can be mind boggling. Walk down the dental care aisle of your grocery store and you will see hundreds of toothbrushes, all boasting different features, and coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, colors and contours. You can pay less than a dollar for a toothbrush, or you can pay as much as $5,000 for a titanium toothbrush with a removable bristle head.
But will one get your teeth any cleaner than the other? That depends. When it comes to selecting a toothbrush there are really only two things that absolutely matter: size and bristle hardness. Everything else may make the toothbrush more desirable or effective for an individual user, but it mostly just a matter of personal taste.
What Does Size Have to Do with It?
The size of your toothbrush will determine how effective it is at providing adequate coverage and getting to those difficult corners at the back of your mouth. The head of your toothbrush should be about a half an inch wide and an inch long. This is just the right size to cover your teeth, but still fit far enough back to get your molars clean.
And as for the handle, you want to make sure it long enough for you to get a good grip and reach to your back teeth, but if it is too long, you have a greater risk of hurting the soft tissue inside your mouth and at the back of your throat.
This all applies to the average adult. So if you are not average size, you may need a smaller or larger toothbrush.
Soft, Medium, or Hard?
Bristle choice is an easy one. Soft bristles suit just about everyone. Medium or hard bristles may be necessary if you have a problem with accumulating plaque and tartar. The problem with this is that harder bristles may actually damage your teeth by stripping away enamel. Not to mention, they could injure the soft tissue of your gums.
Soft bristles are usually strong enough to remove plaque from your teeth and gums, while still being forgiving enough to avoid pain and discomfort. If you think you might need a firmer bristle, check with us at Overmeyer Family Dental to avoid making a decision that could cause more problems than it solves.
Electric or Manual?
Electric toothbrushes can be very appealing. On the surface, it seems they would do a better job than a traditional manual toothbrush because of their fast spinning bristles. However, study after study has shown that there is essentially no difference between the two types of toothbrushes. So unless you simply really like the feel of an electric toothbrush, there is no reason to pay the extra expense.
There is one exception to this, though, and that is when arthritis or injury makes using a manual toothbrush difficult or painful. In these cases, an electric toothbrush is ideal.
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Overmeyer Family Dental is here to make oral health care decisions less difficult for you. We provide the family dentistry you and your loved ones need to stay healthy and smiling brightly.
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