At Allen Park Dental Care, patients sometimes ask how to pick a toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush can be a challenge, like choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.
If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store, you know what we mean. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.
Choosing a Toothbrush for a Child
When selecting a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized toothbrush. Some kids can handle an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush.
Beware of Firm Bristles
One critical factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to wash plaque, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning
No amount of brushing can remove tartar, which is hardened plaque, and most of us get deposites of it in those hard-to-reach places. We can remove it with a professional cleaning at your next checkup.
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