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A Toothbrush to Suit Your Smile

Hard as it may be to believe, not all toothbrushes are created equal, just as no two smiles are alike!

Brushing your teeth may seem like a very simple matter, but having the right tool for the job can make a world of difference.

What Are Your Dental Needs?

In choosing a toothbrush, the first thing you need to consider is what the task at hand is:

  • How many teeth do you have?
  • Are your teeth very sensitive?
  • Have you been diagnosed with gum disease?
  • Do you wear braces?
  • Is holding a toothbrush difficult or painful for you?

All these factors play into selecting the right kind of toothbrush.

Many Brushes to Choose From!

Toothbrushes come in different textures and sizes. Don’t pick one that’s too big or else it could be hard for it to reach all of your teeth. Brushes with hard bristles should be avoided, as these can be too harsh on gums. You might reach for an extra-soft toothbrush if you have sensitive teeth.

Power toothbrushes are excellent for getting a little extra cleaning oomph around braces or teeth affected by gum disease. They’re also ideal for people who have trouble manipulating a toothbrush by hand.

Brush Your Way to Better Oral Health

The kind of toothbrush you use isn’t the only thing that matters, but the way you use it also makes a difference. Brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede. Aggressive brushing could also wear at your teeth.

You can find out more information by consulting your local dental office. Keep regular appointments there to ensure that your toothbrush and brushing techniques are working for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513


3 Things to Look for in Your Next Toothbrush

Whether you are seeking a manual or powered (electric) toothbrush, the most important aspect to pay attention to is the head and bristles of the toothbrush. Additionally, a toothbrush bearing the seal of the American Dental Association (ADA) is approved as being safe and effective, so it is recommended that you watch for that seal. There are three other specific factors you should look for, as well:

The softest bristles possible – bristles that are too firm (especially when used by someone who brushes aggressively) can cause wear on the teeth and irritation to the gums. Nice and gentle does the job!

A brush head size that is not too big, allowing for easy access to back teeth and inside surfaces. Adults really don’t need a brush head that is much longer than an inch.

A handle that is comfortable to hold and maneuver for the most thorough cleaning ability. Individuals with arthritis or other condition affecting their motor skills may feel better using a brush with a wider handle.

The right kind of toothbrush matters more than you may realize. If the head of the toothbrush is not the right size, or if the bristles are old and splayed, then you could be missing spots while you brush. If these spots are missed time and again, then the plaque buildup will start to cause problems for the teeth and gums.

In the end, the best toothbrush is the one you will use! Shop around and experiment, and ask your dentist for suggestions on selecting a toothbrush that will best suit your needs. Happy brushing!

Posted on behalf of:
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401


Does it Matter Which Toothbrush I Use?

Posted in Fillings

How much thought do you put into the toothbrush that you use each day? Do you prefer a particular brand, texture, or shape? Do these factors even really matter, or are they just personal preferences between consumers? While there are some factors that are left up to the person purchasing the brush, there are a few aspects of the brush that need to be considered when it comes to selecting the one that will be best for your teeth.

Size of the brush.

Toothbrushes are only meant to clean 2 or 3 teeth at a time. Anything bigger than that won’t be able to access all of the teeth when it comes to brushing around the curves of your mouth. Instead, the teeth in between will be skipped over altogether. Select a brush that is small enough for your mouth, regardless of your age. 

Bristle stiffness and texture.

Brand name toothbrushes have rounded bristle tips that are less abrasive on your enamel and gum tissue. Cheaper brushes may have microscopically rough tips that abrade the enamel. Select soft bristle stiffness for the same reasons, as medium to hard bristles can encourage gum recession and abrasion of the enamel. 

Manual or electric.

Manual toothbrushes are perfectly fine to use as long as you take your time and brush properly. On the other hand, electric toothbrushes are known for more efficient plaque removal, gum stimulation, and cleaner teeth. Making the investment in a high quality toothbrush can be an excellent choiceto reduce plaque, prevent cavities and reduce the need for dental fillings, crowns and other restorations. Remember, you get what you pay for. If you are choosing between a hard bristled cheap electric brush and a soft bristled manual brush, go for the latter.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers



Choosing the Best Toothbrush

Posted in Crowns

You change your toothbrush out every few months, and more often if you’ve come down with an illness (to prevent the spread of germs.) Do you have a favorite? Do you buy the brand that is on sale that day? Just how exactly are we supposed to choose the best toothbrush for our specific needs? There are a few important factors to keep in mind the next time you invest in a brush.

Flexibility of the bristles.

There are usually just a few different varieties of bristle firmness – extra soft, soft, medium, firm/hard. Did you know, that all dental patients should use a soft or extra-soft bristled brush? That’s because medium or firm bristles are too abrasive on tooth enamel and gum tissue, typically resulting in irreversible enamel abrasion and gum recession tha tmay lead to the need for a gum transplant, crowns, or other dental restorations. Then why do they sell them at the stores? Supply and demand. People still buy them because they like them, so manufacturers continue to make them.  

Size of the brush

Are you a woman with a smaller mouth? Does your child want an adult brush because it looks cool? It’s very important to purchase a brush that has a brush head that is not too large. One that is the size of about 2 teeth is fine. Anything very much larger makes it difficult to brush all of the surface areas, causing many surfaces to be missed during brushing. 

Electric or manual.

Manual toothbrushes work well when used properly, but electric toothbrushes are proven to remove more plaque and keep gums healthier simply because they have more mechanical action than what can be achieved when using a manual toothbrush.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry



Are all Toothbrushes Created Equal?

Different mouths need different toothbrushes. While most Marietta dentists will agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and food particles from your teeth, not every mouth needs the same toothbrush.

Children need a small toothbrush. Their small mouths can not handle a large toothbrush head. A large toothbrush head can cause gagging in many children, and a large head will not allow the toothbrush to reach the back teeth effectively. Adults also have different sized mouths. An adult with a smaller mouth needs a smaller headed toothbrush than an adult with a larger mouth. As you brush your teeth, pay attention to how the toothbrush fits and feels in your mouth. If it is painful on the back of your gums or causes gagging, it probably means that your toothbrush is too big.

Many people choose a toothbrush with medium- to hard-bristles. Some people feel that these bristled remove plaque better from their teeth and get a cleaner feeling from using them. But not everyone can use these medium to hard bristles. With vigorous brushing, the harder the bristles are the more damage can be done to gums. Receding gums are the number one problem of vigorous tooth brushing with harder bristles. When gums recede, tooth sensitivity is often an unwanted result.

For many people an electric toothbrush is a favored option. These electric toothbrushes are often favored by those who brush vigorously but end up with receding gums. Electric toothbrushes effectively remove plaque from teeth with their vibrating motion. However, electric toothbrushes are significantly more expensive than a manual toothbrush.

It is often personal preference that determines the best toothbrush option for most people. Just remember that your gums are also affected by your brushing, and take that into consideration for how your toothbrush cleans your entire mouth.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Selecting a Toothbrush

The way your dentist sees it, your biggest enemy is tooth decay and the little particles of food left between your teeth that can lead to it. It almost goes without saying, then, that your biggest weapon in the fight against decay is — drum roll, please — your toothbrush. Good brushing and flossing habits, combined with regular dental cleanings and checkups, can help prevent tooth decay.

Like the fiercest warrior, you want the best weapon you can find, but choosing a toothbrush can be quite daunting, as the average drug store carries a full wall of toothbrushes with various shapes, bristles and moving parts. It’s a bit overwhelming.

To help guide you in the quest for the perfect brush, we offer the following tips, based on guidelines from the American Dental Association:

Replace your toothbrush regularly, usually about once every three to four months. When bristles begin to look worn or frayed and the brush begins to lose its shape, it’s time.

No one should use a brush with hard bristles as they can wear the enamel off teeth and push gums back too far. Better to use a brush with soft or medium hardness.

Size matters. Lengthwise, the brush should be long enough to brush two to three teeth at a time. Brushes that are about 1″ long are typically a good length for an adult.

Mechanical brushes aren’t necessarily better. What matters is that you brush for the recommended time, usually two to three minutes. Mechanical brushes, however, do tend to bode well for those who are physically challenged in some way or some children who tend not to brush well, especially in between the teeth.

Speaking of children, they should have soft bristled brushes with small heads and big handles to make it easier for them to grip.

What’s most important, dentists say, is that you choose a toothbrush that is comfortable both in your mouth and in your hand. It also should be one that helps motivate you to brush longer, and better.



Choosing a Toothbrush

Posted in Gum Disease

If you have walked down the aisles of any grocery or mega store, you probably have seen the many different types and kinds of toothbrushes available for consumers.  You may have wondered what type of toothbrush is best for you and your teeth.

Using a soft bristled toothbrush is always your best option.  Using softer bristles helps protect your gum line from small tears and damage.  Using stiffer bristles may cause increased risks for gum breakdown, and may allow for periodontal disease (gum disease)  to develop.

You should change toothbrushes every three months.  Bacteria develops and grows on toothbrushes and to maintain tooth health, you should change your toothbrush on a regular basis.  You should also store your toothbrush upright, allowing drainage to occur down the handle and rinse the toothbrush well after each use.

You may have also wondered if you should consider the purchase of an electric toothbrush.  Some electric brushes have the advantage of having a timer to encourage you to move to a different area of the mouth and to tell you when to start and stop brushing.  The motion of the electric toothbrush has been shown in studies to help keep your teeth clean and gums healthy, but if you are brushing correctly, results are about the same.  The choice on using an electric toothbrush is yours, and your dentist may have additional insight to help you in making this decision.  If you have frequent or excessive tartar or plaque build-up, your dentist or hygienist may suggest to you using an electric brush to help decrease build-up.

If you need help selecting a toothbrush, talk to your dentist or hygienist.


What Type of Tooth Brush Should I Choose?

Everyone knows that regular brushing helps prevent tooth decay and reduces cavities and the need for dental fillings, but sometimes choosing a toothbrush can seem overwhelming. After all, how many brushes did you see the last time you were on the oral care aisle of your local supermarket? Most people choose a toothbrush based on their personal preferences. Electric or manual? Soft, medium or hard bristles? What about the cost?

The first thing you should address when picking out a toothbrush is the size. Even some adults have smaller mouths, and a smaller toothbrush head can help clean your teeth more efficiently. Children may be in a rush to get a larger toothbrush, but in actuality a smaller one may be best. Brushing should focus on just one or two teeth at a time, so the brush head does not need to be so large that it covers 3 or 4 teeth. Also, use a separate toothbrush for appliances such as partials, dentures or retainers.

No matter what you’ve been told in the past, opt for the toothbrush with the soft bristles. Many people feel that soft bristled brushes do not clean their teeth as well as those with hard bristles, but they actually do. The truth is that hard bristled brushes can actually damage your tooth enamel as well as cause gum recession. (1) Enamel abrasion is irreversible and gum recession is often only treated through surgical measures.

If it’s in your budget, purchase a higher-quality electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can increase the efficiency of plaque removal, resulting in healthier gums and teeth. Many brushes allow the heads to be changed out so the brush body can be shared between family members. Lower-end electric toothbrush bristles may be too stiff, so choose carefully.

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