At The Lewisville Dentist, we are often asked how to pick that most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. For lots of people, picking a toothbrush can be as challenging as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.
If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store, you know what we mean. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.
Choosing a Toothbrush for a Child
When deciding on a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized toothbrush. Some kids can handle an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush. If you are unsure, ask us.
Beware of Firm Bristles
One vital factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. This does not hold true for teeth. Medium and firm brushes can harm your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to wash plaque, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also deliver more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Just remember to use a light touch.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning
If your teeth have plaque that has hardened into calculus, you need to come in for a dental cleaning. No toothbrush can remove it, not even a high-powered electric. A dental cleaning will prevent and gum disease. Plus, your teeth will feel fantastic!
Is your child’s toothbrush and brushing technique doing the job? Schedule an exam at The Lewisville Dentist in Lewisville TX to find out. Services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!
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