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What type of toothbrush is best for you? | Fort Smith Dentist-Trusted, Comfortable, Affordable Care Fort Smith Dentist-Trusted, Comfortable, Affordable Care What type of toothbrush is best for you? – Fort Smith Dentist-Trusted, Comfortable, Affordable Care

What type of toothbrush is best for you?

Have you ever wondered down the toothbrush aisle and been overwhelmed by all of the different options?? We have, so chances are you have too! This post will help you narrow down which toothbrush options are best for you!

Lets break down the basics of what you should look for in your brush:

Bristles

SOFT – enough said! We recommend soft or extra soft toothbrushes for everyone.  Medium and hard bristle brushes do not clean your teeth any better than soft bristled brushes and can actually damage your teeth and gums.  Brushes with harder bristles can contribute to enamel erosion, tooth discoloration, and gum irritation.  Soft or extra soft bristles are safe, extremely efficient, and recommended by most dental professionals (including us)!

Manual vs. Electric

While both manual and electric toothbrushes (when used properly) can clean your teeth well, we prefer electric toothbrushes, specifically Sonicare brand.  Power or electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual brushes and provide more stimulation to your gums.  However, the most important thing about what type of toothbrush you have is how often and well you are using it – we recommend twice daily brushing for 2 minutes.

Toothbrush Maintenance

In addition to choosing the best toothbrush type, it is important to know when to get rid of your old one. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three months or more often if you have been sick.  This practice not only tosses out dirty brushes, but it eliminates bent or flat bristles that are no longer effective cleaning agents.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING PRODUCTS

While your toothbrush is extremely important for cleaning your teeth, it needs help! Make sure you are using toothpaste, floss, and an alcohol free mouth rinse in addition to your brushing routine.   Also, it is vital to see a registered dental hygienist at regular intervals for continuing care hygiene!

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