Maximizing Preventive Dental Care
Hello and welcome to another September edition of the Synergy Dental Center blog!
There are a few non-negotiables when it comes to keeping your smile clean and looking great all through life. One is coming in to see Dr. Porter for comprehensive dental exams and professional teeth cleanings every six months. The other is being diligent about your daily home hygiene habits. As part of the later, you will want to make sure you have the right tools in place so that you are always maximizing your preventive dental care.
To help you stay on top of everything, today we’ll be talking about your toothbrush. Keep reading and then be sure to follow up to schedule your next appointment at our Gillette, Wyoming dentist’s office.
Brushing Is Key
Throughout your life, you will use your toothbrush every day, at least twice a day, for at least two minutes at a stretch. As such, you should be well-acquainted with your toothbrush and what it can do for your smile.
There are many special features, colors, designs, and so forth that can attract patients towards certain brushes. But, honestly, all that really matters is size and bristle firmness.
Everything else is just extra.
Getting a hold of an effective toothbrush is not all that complicated, but it is important that you choose the right one, or else you may not be getting your teeth as clean as you could be, and you could be putting yourself at risk for problems down the road.
Size Does Matter
The size of your toothbrush is a factor because it determines how easily you can maneuver toothbrush to get to hard to reach areas of your mouth.
You have probably noticed that your back teeth, or molars, are particularly difficult to brush, and if the head of your toothbrush is too large, or if the handle is too short, then it can be a frustrating exercise.
But, conversely, if the the head is too small, you will have to work that much harder to cover the surface area of your teeth, which will make it easier to overlook spots, especially when you are thinking about going to bed or you are trying to get yourself awake at the start of a new morning.
The other thing to consider is that if the handle of the brush is too long, you run the risk of injuring the soft tissue inside your mouth. The inside of your cheeks and the back of your throat are particularly sensitive.
So, what should you be looking for, generally speaking?
Dr. Porter has found that a toothbrush with a head that is about a ½ inch wide by an inch long is the ideal size for the typical American adult. The handle needs to be long enough for you to be able to get a good grip on it and work it with ease.
Does Harder Mean Better?
You may be surprised to learn that most people need to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. The medium and/or hard bristled brushes may be fine if you are dealing with abnormal plaque and tartar build up, but you will want to be careful so as not to inflict damage on your teeth and gums.
Like we said, the best way to eradicate tartar, plaque, and bacteria that has built up is to visit us every 3-6 months for a professional teeth cleaning. At that point, Dr. Porter may make recommendations regarding your toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash choices.
So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our Gillette, WY dentist’s office today!
Let Us Keep You Smiling!
If you have any questions or concerns about your toothbrush, or any other preventive dentistry concern, contact us online right away!