Dr. Sharma, and Renae discuss different types of toothbrushes and how to properly brush your teeth.
Today we’ll be talking about toothbrushes, there are tons of toothbrushes on the market.
You want to make sure you’re using a soft or extra soft bristled toothbrush, and it should say on the top of the packaging. You don’t want to use the hard bristled toothbrushes because they can cause tissue damage, it can abrade the gums, cause damage to the tooth which we call recession and it can cause caving in the teeth.
We have different sizes, you want to make sure you’re using the right size. If you’re using a toothbrush that’s too large, you’re not going to be able to get it all the way in the back, which is tough to do on its own.
We also recommend electric toothbrushes, they’re ideal because studies say they remove 70% more plaque than the manual and plaque is one of the main causes of gum disease so you want to make sure you’re brushing effectively. Oral-B is an effective brand to get, you can get it at the office or grocery store. Make sure to get a soft bristled head. If you cant get Oral-B any brand is going to be better than manual.
We tell our patients to brush for 2 minutes twice a day, and you want to put it on your teeth at a 45 degree angle because plaque collects right where the tooth meets the gum, you want to make sure you’re not missing that when you brush. Use short back and forth strokes, scrubbing can cause damage and recession to the teeth. A tongue scraper is ideal, it’s going to keep bacteria off your tongue and freshen your breath.
Make sure you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and schedule cleanings every 6 months.
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