Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of maintaining excellent dental health. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware that the toothbrush you choose can actually be detrimental to your oral health. With all of the toothbrushes available on the market today ranging from soft bristles to hard bristles, electric and manual, it can be difficult to know which toothbrush is the best one for you.

The benefits of a soft-bristled toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, whether you pick electric or manual, it is best to choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles that are made of nylon. Soft-bristled brushes are safer for your teeth. This is because when you use hard or even medium-bristled brushes it is possible that you can damage the tooth enamel. In addition, you may also damage your gums as well as the tooth root surfaces. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends soft-bristled brushes for this reason. Soft, rounded bristles are the best choice for removing plaque and tartar buildup without damaging your teeth.

Other considerations when choosing a toothbrush

When you are shopping for a new toothbrush, always pick one that is marked with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This lets you know that the brush has undergone rigorous quality control testing and has been approved for both safety and effectiveness. You might also ask your dentist if they recommend a particular type or brand of toothbrush.

It is also important that you pay attention to the size of the toothbrush you choose, as each person’s mouth and teeth are different. You want to choose a toothbrush that is the correct size for your own mouth. In most cases, this will be a brush whose head is an inch tall and half-inch wide. Though there are larger ones available, these may be more difficult to use in the harder to reach areas in the back of the mouth, particularly around the molars.

Even soft-bristled brushes can sometimes be damaging to your teeth if they’re not shaped properly. To prevent damage to your teeth and gums, it is best to have bristles that are softly rounded at the tip. If you choose a brush that has been given the ADA seal, this will already be the case. It will also ensure that electric toothbrushes that you choose have also been tested by an independent dental laboratory and clinical trials to ensure that they are safe for use on the sensitive tissue inside your mouth.

Please call Advanced Dental Care of Austin at 512-331-1477 for more information or to make an appointment.

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