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Does Choosing the Right Toothbrush Really Make a Difference?

whistler dentistProper dental hygiene is so important. Proper tooth care will save you from cavities and other larger problems when you visit your dentist. This proper care is even more important if you have braces. With so many different styles and types of toothbrushes on the market today, it may be hard to find the right one. As the premier orthodontist in Squamish, I would like to provide you with a quick overview of some of the more popular toothbrush choices and styles and which one will suit your needs.

Bristle Choice
The first thing you may notice when you are looking at the multitude of toothbrushes on the market is that there are different choices in bristles. These choices range from extra soft to hard. Most dentists and orthodontists recommend using a soft bristle. Although all bristle brushes will remove plaque quite effectively, anything harder than a soft bristle can and will damage your sensitive gums and can even leave abrasions on your teeth. So when buying a toothbrush, find one with soft bristles.

Angles, width and design
Not only do you need to make up your mind about the stiffness of the bristle you are choosing, you will also have to decide on the design of the toothbrush. This can be an overwhelming experience. The most important thing to look for when buying a new toothbrush is to make sure that the head of the brush is narrow. This is especially true if you have braces. A narrow toothbrush head is more maneuverable and can get into tight spaces which is so important to people with braces.
In regards to angles and designs of toothbrushes, there is little difference between an angled brush and non-angled. Make sure that the handle is durable and long enough that you can use it with ease and comfort. Again, the most important factor in choosing a brush is that you will want to find a brush with a small head for access to all parts of your mouth and teeth. The rest is personal preference and up to you.

Replacement
Unfortunately, like all other products, toothbrushes do wear out. If you find a particular make and model that you like, buy a few of them as the toothbrush market is always changing and evolving. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 4 – 6 months. A good indicator is that if your bristles are looking tired and worn out, it is time to replace the brush. If you have been sick it is also a good idea to change your toothbrush as it still may have germs on it.

Proper dental hygiene is so important. Finding a proper toothbrush is a large part of this. By following these guidelines, I hope that you will be able to find that toothbrush that keeps your teeth and gums healthy and happy and keeps you smiling. We would love to see you and give you a bright beautiful smile. Come on in to Mountain Orthodontics to see the amazing difference we can make in your mouth. Happy brushing!