Tools of the Trade: Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Choosing the right toothbrush will help your smile.Many of our patients in Gainesville, FL can trace the roots of their dental problems back to one simple factor – choosing the wrong toothbrush or employing poor brushing techniques. At the Altschuler Periodontic & Implant Center, we strive to make sure our patients are receiving the best care both in office and at home. Read along as we share some tips and tricks to choosing the best toothbrush for you. For those where the damage may be long-lasting, we have some quick and easy cosmetic procedures that repair and renew your smile.

Makes and Models

The first thing you should decide when contemplating a toothbrush is to consider the size and shape of the head of the toothbrush. It usually comes down to a choice between the round-headed electric toothbrushes and the oval-shaped heads of manual toothbrushes. However, a recent review by Cochrane Collaboration discovered that the rotating heads of the electric toothbrushes tended to remove 11% more plaque than brushing manually.

In terms of the size of the head, it should be noted how big your mouth is and how wide you can open. For smaller mouths, for example, a brush with a large head can easily miss the plaque at the back of your mouth and other tight spots in your jaw. And, contrary to what is believed, the handle and padding of the toothbrush have little effect on your teeth as much as the head of the toothbrush and the bristles.

When considering brands, try to avoid the dollar store options or multi-packs from non-brands. Often these toothbrushes can be constructed from inferior or harmful materials that aren’t long-lasting. Don’t be afraid to consider an electric toothbrush over a manual one as well.

All About the Bristles

When choosing a toothbrush, the quality and type of the brush bristles can often be overlooked. Many dentists recommend always going for the soft bristle brushes, and for good reason. Not only are soft bristle brushes easier on the teeth and gums, they are also flexible enough to reach those troublesome spots between teeth and at the back of the mouth. Having a toothbrush with stiffer bristles is often the leading cause of tooth sensitivity that patients experience.

For best brushing techniques, use soft circular motions or short strokes for scrubbing. Don’t apply too much pressure or you could cause your gums to recede and incite tooth sensitivity. If you’ve found that the bristles of your brush are squashed, that’s a sign that you’re brushing way too hard.

When Should I Change My Toothbrush?

On average your toothbrush should be switched out for a new one about every three to four months. After this point, the bristles have broken down and become less able to remove plaque and clean your teeth. If you’re traveling, remember to encase the head of your brush in a plastic case in transit, but don’t worry about leaving it to dry in open air for a moment. This can help prevent bacteria from festering.

Cosmetic Cures for Improper Brushing

For some of our patients in Gainesville, FL, the effects of poor brushing in conjunction with poor oral care have already lead to a reduction in tooth enamel, sensitivity, discolorations and more. At the Altschuler Periodontic & Implant Center, Dr. Altschuler and our helpful staff can offer a variety of cosmetic dental procedures to transform your smile into its previous bright, white state.

When your enamel has been reduced, it often loses its luster. Through treatments such as porcelain veneers, these porcelain caps cover even the worst of cosmetic flaws and allow a measure of light to pass through them. It creates a brilliant shine and restores your smile.

With minor discolorations, teeth whitening can be another advantageous solution. Using a safe bleaching lamp, Dr. Altschuler can whiten your smile in one quick visit, and we also offer take-home remedies to keep your smile bright.

Contact the Altschuler Periodontic & Implant Center for Care

When it comes to making decisions about your oral health, from something as simple as a toothbrush to a cosmetic dental procedure, let us help answer your questions. At our office, our helpful and knowledgeable staff is on hand to take your questions about best toothbrush practices or what you can do to repair your smile from years of bad habits. Contact us today to also schedule a consultation with Dr. Altschuler, and uncover what cosmetic dental procedure is best for your smile.