According to a survey from Delta Dental, nearly seven out of 10 Americans brush their teeth at least twice a day, the amount recommended by the American Dental Association and other dental health professionals. Brushing our teeth has become such an ingrained part of our cleaning routine that we often don’t think about how we can better our oral health habits. More than 30 percent of Americans aren’t brushing enough, and many aren’t using the right toothbrush. There are so many different kinds of toothbrushes with different sizes, shapes, and colors. This can get confusing, so your New Orleans dentist office is here to help you figure out if you’re using the right toothbrush for your dental needs.
Bristles= The Most Import Part
Our New Orleans dentist office recommends soft-bristled brushes. They work best for gently but effectively removing food particles and plaque from your teeth and gum line. Medium or hard bristles are more likely to damage your gums or enamel if you push too hard. Those who use a hard bristled toothbrush often notice receding gums and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
Today, it is becoming more popular to choose “natural” or “sustainable” bristles over the standard nylon plastic. Natural-bristled brushes are often more expensive and wear out more quickly, but may be better for the environment. Both natural or synthetic work the same as long as the brush you choose has soft bristles.
The Size of the Brush Head
The brush head should easily fit into your mouth and be able to get to all surfaces of your teeth. ost adults will be able to use a half-inch (adult-size) head. If you happen to have a smaller mouth, you may need to opt for a smaller size (child size) toothbrush. Larger heads might not reach the back molars and could cause extra damage to the gums.
Children, of course, need brushes with smaller heads. You want to make sure they can comfortably hold the handle and fit the brush head into their mouth. It can also be wise to allow them to choose their own brush in order to increase the possibility of them willingly brushing their teeth.
Come Into Our New Orleans Dentist Office Today
Good oral hygiene begins with a good toothbrush. If you have missed brushing your teeth a few too many times, Southern Dental Care offers procedures such as tooth extraction or root canal therapy. We also offer teeth whitening and veneers to help you achieve a bright straight smile. Our expert team is here to ensure that your teeth are healthy and clean! For more information or to schedule an appointment with our New Orleans dentist office, contact us today!