Selecting the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste for You
Many believe that just because they brush their teeth they have perfect dental health. This is often far from true. Our dentist emphasizes the importance of the right toothbrush and toothpaste in dental care for each patient. The following is some info about how to select the best tools and material for your smile.
Not all toothpastes are the same! They come fortified with different ingredients in order to address certain health elements of the teeth. If your smile lacks enamel, you can opt for a toothpaste with fluoride, which will spur remineralization of the enamel. There are also toothpastes to control tartar, whiten the teeth, and help sensitive teeth. Patients must be sure that whichever type they use, it is approved by the ADA. Anything that is not may actually do more harm than good.
The type of toothbrush you and your children use is important, as the wrong kind can seriously damage the teeth and gums. Be sure to use one with soft bristles, as bristles that are too hard can cause enamel loss and bleeding gums. For babies and small children, the brush should be small enough to fit the mouth. Any brush should be replaced every four months, or as soon as the bristles become frayed. If fraying occurs before this time, you may be brushing too hard.
Most dentists recommend electric toothbrushes, for several reasons. First of all, they tend to remove more plaque than regular ones. They also simply make this twice daily task easier, and can inspire patients to brush for the recommended full to minutes.
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