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Over a lifetime, the average American spends 1,000+ hours brushing their teeth. Choosing the right toothbrush for the job isn’t as easy as it sounds–there are literally thousands of options. Which one is the best choice for you?
Consequences of Using the Wrong Toothbrush
Choosing the wrong toothbrush can have serious consequences, including:
- Receding gum tissue
- Improper cleaning that leads to plaque buildup and cavities
- Causing tooth sensitivity
How to Choose the Right Toothbrush
Orthodontists recommend avoiding hard-bristled toothbrushes. Hard bristles cause your gum tissue to pull back from your teeth, exposing their roots. This leads to heightened sensitivity to heat and cold. Choose soft bristles every time.
Size is another important consideration. Choose a toothbrush with a head size that easily fits in your mouth and brushes one or two teeth at a time.
Powered vs. Non-powered
While the effectiveness of a toothbrush depends more upon how you brush), powered toothbrushes are a good choice for anyone who needs extra assistance (or motivation) to brush. For example, people with mobility-limiting conditions like arthritis greatly benefit from a powered toothbrush’s ease of use. They’re also be a good choice for people with braces, or who have uneven or misaligned teeth, for whom a thorough cleaning is a lot more challenging.
Replacing your Toothbrush
A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush when the bristles begin to look frayed or worn–usually every three months or so, sooner if you’ve had an illness. Worn toothbrushes don’t clean your teeth properly.
Help Others Smile
Dr. Samuel G. Papandreas is an excellent orthodontist in North Royalton and Brunswick, who provides a variety of specialized orthodontic treatments such as:
You can visit Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.
Toothbrushing Mistake No.1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”
Dr. Papandreas is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Cleveland Dental Society, Ohio Dental Association and the Schulman Study Group of top orthodontic practices nationally.