This Tool Will Keep You Smiling!
Hello and welcome to another August edition of the Clearwater Dental Associates Blog!
We are your trusted source for preventive dentistry services in the Clearwater, FL area. As such, today we want to talk about one tool that will keep you smiling, if you choose it wisely and use it often.
Your toothbrush is, as you know, your primary weapon in your never-ending war against disease and decay. But do you know what makes a good one? Can you use it effectively?
Read on, and then be sure to get in-touch with our team to schedule your next appointment in our friendly Florida dentist’s office.
The Right Stuff
In a recent post, we touched on hygiene practices at home.
If you are following our guidelines, you will be using your toothbrush every day, at least twice a day, for at least two minutes per session.
You won’t ever want to do it within 30 minutes of eating because you could actually do some real damage to your enamel when they are still in a softened state from recently ingested acids and so forth.
But, regardless, you ought to be good and familiar with your toothbrush.
Whether you picked one that is electric, or pulsates, or that comes replete with a tongue scraper, all that really matters is size and bristle firmness.
Everything else is just for show and personal preference.
Look, finding an effective toothbrush is not like doing research for your dissertation, but it is important that you put in some effort and choose the right one, or else you may not be getting your teeth as clean as you could be, and you could be putting yourself at risk for problems down the road like cavities, periodontal disease, tooth loss, etc. Nobody wants those kind of headaches!
The Best Size
The size of your toothbrush is important because it determines how easily you can maneuver your toothbrush around to get to hard to reach areas of your mouth.
No matter your age or background, your back teeth, or molars, are going to be difficult to brush, and if the head of your toothbrush is too large, or if the handle is too short, then it won’t work out well for you.
Also, if the the head is too small, you will have to work that much harder to cover the surface area of your teeth, which will make it easier to overlook spots, especially when you are still groggy.
Remember too that if the handle of the brush is too long, you run the risk of injuring the soft tissue inside your mouth. The inside of your cheeks and the back of your throat are particularly sensitive. Be careful!
So, what is it that you should be looking for in a toothbrush?
Around here, we have surmised that a toothbrush with a head that is about a ½ inch wide by an inch long is the ideal size for the typical adult patient. The handle needs to be long enough for you to be able to get a good grip on it and work it without effort.
As Firm As Necessary
You may be surprised to hear that the majority of people need to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. The medium and/or hard bristled brushes may be fine if you are dealing with abnormal plaque and tartar build up, but you will want to be careful so as not to inflict damage on your teeth and gums.
Besides, the most effective way to eradicate tartar, plaque, and bacteria that has built up is to visit us every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
When you are here, we may make recommendations regarding your toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash choices. We can also set you up with fluoride treatments, sealants, cancer screenings, and more.
Not only do we have four experienced and helpful dentists, we also have several specialists to ensure you never need to make a trip to a new and unknown office. Our oral surgeon, orthodontist, endodontist, and periodontist will be able to cover all of your dental needs!
Get Started Today!
We hope you have been inspired by today’s post! Our dentists, specialists, and assistants are all here to serve YOU! With so many dentists to choose from, we make it our goal to stand out from the crowd.
If you have any questions or concerns about your toothbrush or preventive dentistry in general, contact us today to schedule an appointment in Clearwater, FL!