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Right Bristles Make the Right Toothbrush

Beecroft Orthodontics

Tooth brushing Mistake No. 2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles”

A parent who cares about his child's oral health will encourage that they brush their teeth twice a day in addition to setting a good example by doing this themselves. In addition to investing in braces to make their smile beautiful, the next best investment a parent can make is investing in a toothbrush with the right bristles. It's easy to avoid the mistake of not picking the right bristles for the toothbrush used on a daily basis.

Types of Bristles

An orthodontic can offer valuable feedback on the best type of toothbrush bristles for your child. Most individuals prefer a soft-bristled toothbrush because it feels more comfortable in the mouth. And if a toothbrush feels comfortable and easy to use, a child will be more motivated to brush his teeth at least twice a day in order to remove any food particles sticking to his braces. Most people are surprised to discover after discussing bristles with an orthodontic specialist that firmer bristles don't do a more effective job than soft bristles at removing plaque, food particles and stains from teeth. Extra-soft bristles are recommended for individuals whose mouths are sore after a dental procedure or who have sensitive gums and teeth.

Bristle Patterns

In addition to the softness of toothbrush bristles, the shape and pattern of bristles on the toothbrush can help the brushing process be as effective as possible. Many toothbrushes today offer innovative features such as cup shape bristles designed for more detailed coverage while brushing, smaller toothbrush heads to get into crevices and corners more easily, bristles arranged in a diagonal pattern to be able to reach the gum line and sides of the teeth, and bristles that indicate when a toothbrush replacement is recommended.

Beecroft Orthodontics is committed to helping you achieve the best oral care possible. Call on us for any guidance you need regarding picking the right bristles on the toothbrushes, you and your children will be using twice a day.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Right Bristles Make the Right Toothbrush

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Importance of the Right Toothbrush

Beecroft Orthodontics

Tooth brushing Mistake No. 1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”

Just because you brush your teeth multiple times a day, that may not mean that you are doing everything you need for the best oral health. In fact, many people are using a toothbrush that isn’t right for them, which is one of the top mistakes that orthodontic specialists see. In order to avoid issues that come with poor oral hygiene, here are some things that you should consider when picking out your next toothbrush.

Head Size

One of the first things to consider when looking for the right toothbrush is the size of the head. Many people think that a toothbrush with a large head is good for covering more ground, but this isn’t always the case. Instead, a toothbrush that has too large of a head is difficult to maneuver in your mouth, which can lead to bacteria buildup in the hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. Instead, ensure that your toothbrush size is something that is comparable to the overall size of your mouth.

Bristle Strength

Another problem that people come across is the bristle strength of their toothbrush. You may be someone who thinks that a stronger brush will help you more easily break away buildup on your teeth, or you may opt for softer bristles that are easier on the teeth. The truth is, you’ll likely want to see your orthodontist to find out what type of bristle strength is best for you. Every person has different requirements for their teeth and gums, and visiting an orthodontic specialist will give you a better idea for what’s best for you.

Handle Grip

Finally, consider the grip of the handle for your toothbrush. This is especially true for children, as they may need something that is more comfortable to grab onto while brushing. When it comes to children’s oral health, it’s important that parents do all that they can to institute healthy practices. Making sure that their brush is comfortable will help do just that.

If you don’t take care of your teeth, it won’t be long before you are asking yourself, “Do I need braces?” But in order to make sure that your oral health is in good condition and that you are brushing your teeth correctly, contact Beecroft Orthodontics today.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Importance of the Right Toothbrush

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