Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste is instrumental for your oral health. Brushing and flossing keep cavities and gum disease at bay by removing the plaque that harbors bacteria and leads to erosions and cavities.
How to Choose the Right Toothbrush
While your toothbrush may not seem important, it is essential to good oral health. The wrong toothbrush and brushing style can increase tooth sensitivity and gum recession and lead to improper plaque removal. The most effective way to discover your toothbrush needs is to visit the dentist.
Soft toothbrushes are ideal for all teeth, including children. Our pediatric dentist recommends a soft toothbrush with a small head to clean a child’s teeth properly. You must monitor your child’s oral hygiene and replace toothbrushes every three months and after colds and other illnesses.
Manual or Electric?
There are benefits to both. Manual toothbrushes put you in control of the force used on your teeth. Electric toothbrushes are more aggressive but can save you time on your oral hygiene practices.
Choose the Correct Size
Size is essential when it comes to toothbrushes. Choose one with a long enough handle to reach your back teeth. The head should be small enough to clean those hard-to-reach areas effectively.
Look for the ADA Seal of Approval
Only purchase toothbrushes and toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval. Not all brushes and pastes are approved by the American Dental Association.
When you see the ADA seal, you can feel confident knowing the toothbrush and paste meet the stringent demands of the ADA’s high standards. Cheap toothbrushes may harm your tooth enamel and sensitive gum tissues.
Tips for Choosing the Right Toothpaste
With so many options, selecting the right toothpaste can be confusing. We invite you to consult with our dentist if you have questions about your or your child’s toothpaste needs.
- Choose a paste with the ADA seal.
- Select toothpaste with fluoride.
- Whitening toothpaste can cause increased sensitivity.
- Children should use kid’s toothpaste and be monitored to prevent accidental fluoride swallowing.
- Some patients may need prescription toothpaste for severe sensitivity and other oral health concerns.
Helpful Tips for Brushing Your Teeth
Now that you know how to select a toothbrush and toothpaste, it is time to learn how to brush your teeth properly. Ideally, it would be best if you brushed your teeth twice a day. It is especially essential to brush before bed to remove food particles that can lead to acid production.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle pressure.
- Brush all surfaces of your teeth for at least two minutes.
- Do not forget to brush your tongue.
- Move the toothbrush back and forth and not up and down.
- Gently brush the gumline to remove plaque.
Schedule Your Dental Appointment
Brushing and flossing are critical for healthy smiles. People are more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease when they neglect their oral health.
Scheduling a dental exam twice a year will protect your smile. We are here to guide you in selecting the right toothbrush and toothpaste for you and your family so your next checkup will give you good results.
Dr. Harleen Grewal, DDS, brings years of experience and exceptional chairside manner to Skyline Smiles in Santa Clarita, CA. A dean's list graduate of USC, she holds a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry from Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Harleen's dedication extends beyond her practice, as she volunteers at the USC Mobile Clinic and is a proud member of the ADA and AAPD.