Your Cupertino Dentist Asks: What Is Your Ideal Toothbrush?

Whether or not you enjoy the comfortable reliability of a manual toothbrush or the many perks that come with an electric brush, the key to brushing is to be thorough and consistent. Today, your San Jose dentist, Dr. LaFrom, takes a closer look at the two most popular types of toothbrushes.

The Soft-Bristled Brush

The soft-bristled brush is like your favorite pair of blue jeans: soft, comfortable, and reliable. Unlike those blue jeans, though, your toothbrush needs to be changed every three months. Here are some highlights of the classic soft bristle tooth brush:

• This brush is easy to find and won’t hit you in the pocketbook, and no batteries are required. In other words, the soft bristle toothbrush is a marvel of simplicity, and is quite reliable.

• If you have kids, the soft bristle brush is always an appealing option. Toothbrushes of this ilk can be found in various colors and often adorned with your kid’s favorite cartoon character or sports team’s logo. If a Simpsons toothbrush is what it takes to get your child excited about good oral hygiene habits, then we recommend you go for it. Provided, of course, that the toothbrush package dons the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.

•  For sensitive teeth sufferers, the soft bristles are much easier on your teeth and should help to keep brushing from becoming an unpleasant experience. Many dentists recommend a soft bristle brush even if  you aren’t suffering from tooth sensitivity. Harsher bristles, such as those on toothbrushes that advertise “natural” bristles, can rub the enamel from your tooth, causing more damage than good to your oral health.

Is It Time To Go Electric?

Not to knock the soft-bristled brush, but an electric toothbrush offers some cool amenities, and works well for many people.

Senior citizens, or patients that have limited hand motion, can benefit from the use of an electric toothbrush. The ergonomic handle is easier to get a firm grip on, and the battery-powered rotating motion doesn’t put stress on the hands while brushing.

• For those of us that have bad brushing habits, such as pressing too hard while brushing or spending too much time on one side of the mouth, an electric toothbrush can help correct tooth brushing flaws. Many electric toothbrushes come equipped with pressure sensors that tell you when you’re pushing too hard while brushing. Other brushes emit a pulse or beep every 30 seconds to indicate that it is time to move to a different part of your mouth.

The Best Toothbrush? The One That You Will Use Consistently

Whether you decide on a manual or electric toothbrush, the most important thing is that you are consistently brushing your teeth twice a day. Remember that brushing can’t remove tartar, but brushing coupled with flossing can reverse the effects of gingivitis—the first stage of gum disease—and remove plaque, which becomes tartar if allowed to remain on your teeth for more than 48 hours.

Schedule an Appointment Today

For more information about selecting the best toothbrush for your needs, or to learn more about the keys to excellent dental care, schedule a checkup with Dr. Randall LaFrom today by calling our San Jose dental office at 408-996-8595. We proudly serve patients from Cupertino and all neighboring communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on October 4, 2012.

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