Friday, February 10, 2012

It's All About Toothbrushes!

People often ask what kind of toothbrush they should use and how often it should be changed.  This is a good question.  There are so many products on the market and it is easy to get confused when trying to find the brush that is right for you.  Here are some tips to help: 
  • Always choose a soft toothbrush.  Having hard bristles on your brush can do more harm then good.  Brushing with those hard bristles can cause gum recession and abrasion cavities at the gum line. 
  • Price is not always the best indicator of quality. 
  • Look for rounded bristles, not sharp. 
  • Manual toothbrushes are the preferred brush for most healthy adults.  If you have problems with dexterity, an electric brush may be a better choice.  If you have gum disease, we recommend the Rotadent and sell it here in the office. 
  • Toothbrushes need to be changed every 3 months, or after you have been sick.  Electric brushes are no different and have removable heads that need to be changed just as often.  Bristles become frayed over time.  This causes the bristles to lose their effectiveness and can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. 
Just remember, talking to your hygienist is the best way to find out what kind of toothbrush will fulfill your specific needs.