Does the type of bristle really matter? All toothbrushes work the same, right? That’s not entirely true. While all toothbrushes are used to clean the teeth, there are a variety of bristle shapes that are designed for different reasons, such as:
Cleaning the sides of teeth
Reaching between the teeth
Getting near the gumline
You also need to consider if the toothbrush has soft, medium or hard bristles. In most cases, patients should use a soft bristle because it’s gentler on the tooth’s enamel and gum tissue. A hard bristle toothbrush isn’t always the most effective way to clean the teeth, and many times patients brush too hard with a hard-bristle toothbrush, which can cause sensitivity of the gums and tooth enamel.
Check the Size of the Toothbrush
The proper way to clean teeth is by reaching every surface, especially the chewing surface of the teeth. To ensure easy access to all of the teeth, you need to find a toothbrush that is the right size. For example, adults should typically use a toothbrush with a half-inch wide, one-inch tall brush head, and the toothbrush should be long enough to comfortably hold while maneuvering around the teeth.
Follow Your Dentist’s Recommendations
If you are unsure about the type of preventative tools (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, etc.) you should be using, talk to your dentist. We are experts on all things teeth and gums. With a simple exam, we can determine what type of care your teeth need.
Are you properly removing plaque bacteria and food particles? If not, contact our Wheaton dental practice for a dental exam and professional cleaning. Call (630) 653-9002. We are happy to help you create a customized at-home dental care plan.