The toothbrush aisle at your local mass merchandiser or drug store can be a confusing place, but choosing the right toothbrush can help you keep your teeth cleaner and your gums healthier. Most people need a soft-bristled toothbrush. Stronger toothbrush bristles do not necessarily equal cleaner teeth, but they can instead scratch your enamel and irritate your gums. Over time, this can translate into a receding gum line and worn enamel. Look for a toothbrush with a small head, too, since this makes it easier to clean those hard-to-reach molars in the rear of the mouth.
Electric toothbrushes can be great options for children, elderly people or others who may have limited dexterity or difficulty managing manual toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes are extremely effective for removing plaque and debris, and some models even offer additional features that let you know when to switch quadrants, whether you are brushing too hard or when your brushing time is complete.
Once you have gotten the basics down, the next thing you need to do is to choose a toothbrush that appeals to you. Some brush heads may simply fit more comfortably into your mouth while some types of handles might be easier for you to use. Choose a brush that fits you and makes it easy to brush the recommended two times a day. Remember to change your toothbrush at least every three months, when it shows wear or after an illness. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your consultation with our dentist in Houston.
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