By Dr. Craig Blogin
October 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Brushing   toothbrush   oral hygiene  

The toothbrush you choose could actually be the missing link to better oral health in Ann Arbor.

While how you brush is vitally important to maintaining good oral health, it’s never a bad idea to consider how the type of toothbrush you oral hygieneuse could be making it easier and harder for you to get your teeth as clean as they need to be. From the office of our Ann Arbor, MI family dentist, Dr. Craig Blogin, consider some of these factors when it comes time to buying a new toothbrush:

All toothbrushes that you use should have soft bristles. Hard or old, frayed bristles can damage tooth enamel and pull gum tissue away from the teeth, which can expose tooth roots and increase tooth sensitivity.

Choose the right toothbrush head for your mouth. Whether you are shopping for a toothbrush for your child or for you, there are tons of toothbrushes with a variety of different brush head sizes that can easily fit in your mouth. A standard toothbrush head size for an adult is about 0.50 inches wide and 1-inch long.

You may be wondering if an electric toothbrush might actually be the better choice for you. It can be for some people but not for the reason you may imagine. Powered toothbrushes won’t necessarily clean your teeth better than a manual toothbrush, but if you find yourself more likely to brush or find that you invest more time in brushing your teeth, it might be a good idea to choose an electric toothbrush instead.

Electric toothbrushes may also be a better option for those who have arthritis or other conditions that impact their mobility, as well as those with braces, crooked teeth or those who need help brushing their teeth.

Always replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when you start to notice that the bristles of your toothbrush are frayed. You should also throw out your toothbrush after recovering from an illness.

If you are shopping for your child, opt for a toothbrush that has a large handle, small head and soft bristles. Soft bristles will be gentle on tooth enamel while a small toothbrush head will make it easier to get into tight spaces. A large handle will also make it easier for your child to maneuver the toothbrush while brushing.

We know that it can feel daunting when you go through the toothbrush aisle and see all the rows and rows of different toothbrushes available. If you have questions about which toothbrush is right for you or you have questions about your oral care in general, don’t hesitate to turn to our Ann Arbor, MI family dentist, Dr. Blogin.

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