If you hate brushing your teeth, sometimes it seems like the only thing worse would be the root canal you’d have to get if you stopped brushing them. While it may be annoying, it’s a habit you should never break, so the least you can do for your mouth is try to make it comfortable in the process by choosing a brush that’s right for you. Dr Kami Hoss provides countless options to choose from, take these few tips into consideration when picking one for yourself.
- Get a soft-bristled brush. Most dentists are in agreement that soft-bristled brushes are the best to use for any mouth. Hard bristles can push gum tissue away from teeth, exposing the root and leaving teeth vulnerable to heat, cold, and other food sensitivity.
Find the right size for you. Toothbrushes come in many different sizes; the toothbrush you get for your child will not be the same toothbrush you buy for yourself. It’s recommended that adults get toothbrushes with heads approximately one-half inch wide and one inch long, but it’s most important to make sure that the toothbrush is comfortable for you to use.
- Choose a brush you like. There are numerous types of toothbrush available to consumers. Some have no slip handles, some have styled bristles that are rippled, flat, or dome-shaped, some have tongue brushes included. Keeping in mind that you need to get a soft-bristled brush that is correctly sized, the choice is yours to make.
- Don’t skimp on quality. It may seem economical to buy the 10-pack of no-name, off-brand toothbrushes that cost a few cents apiece, but when it comes to quality, it’s likely that companies who manufacture these don’t care as much about quality and safety as companies who specialize in oral care. Seeing as you should brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes twice a day, the investment of a good toothbrush is one you shouldn’t skimp on.
- Consider electric toothbrushes. If you have physical difficulty when it comes to brushing, consider switching to an
electric toothbrush. They produce a lot of the brushing power that can take some of the strain away from your arms. Electric brushes also help you brush the correct amount of time and more thoroughly than regular brushes.
- Replace your brush as needed. You should replace your brush every three months or as it begins to wear down, whichever comes first. Clinical research shows that new toothbrushes can remove up to 30% more plaque than one you’ve been using for three months, and the worn down toothbrush can also damage your gum tissue. It’s also important to change your toothbrush each time you get sick as germs can become trapped in the bristles and lead to reinfection.
Whatever brush you choose, the most important thing is that you brush. Dr. Kami Hoss recommends daily brushing is vital to maintaining oral hygiene and your best defense against tooth decay and cavities. In 2003, the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index listed the toothbrush as the number one invention that Americans couldn’t live without. It beat out cars, computers, and phones, commodities we now consider necessities, so if you feel like you can’t live without your computer, consider just how important brushing your teeth is for keeping you healthy.
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