Toothbrush Tips to Keep Your Teeth in ShapeMarch 10, 2020 12:43 pm
You’re at the supermarket, and you are roaming the isle where dental supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss are sold. Among the tens of toothbrushes available, how do you know which one to choose? Here are some tips by Drs Nicolas & Asp’s best dentists concerning toothbrushes and how to best use them, in order to help you keep your teeth in the best possible shape and health.
- Choose the right toothbrush
With all toothbrushes looking quite similar, a soft-bristled brush is the best toothbrush for gums and teeth compared to a brush with hard bristles. Choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and fits comfortably in your mouth. The more comfortable your brush, the more likely it is that you are going to use it. Choose a small toothbrush if you have a small mouth, and a large brush if you have a big mouth. Choosing a manual or electric brush is a pure personal preference, but it is important to choose one that is easy to use and allows you to reach all areas for an effective clean.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
You may think that you should only replace your toothbrush once you feel that it’s too worn out to get the job done. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. If you use an electric brush, you would only need to replace the head.
The reason being no matter what type of toothbrush you use, the bristles will start getting worn out and will gradually lose their effectiveness. This is supported by clinical research which shows that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than one that is already worn out.
- Brush your teeth correctly
You’ve bought the right, soft-bristled tooth brush that fits your hand and mouth perfectly, now it’s time to learn the best brushing techniques to maintain perfect oral health.
The ADA recommends that you use the following techniques when brushing your teeth:
- Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums
- Brush your teeth by gently moving the brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes
- Brush all surfaces of your teeth – the outer, the inner and the chewing surfaces
- Tilt the brush vertically and stroke up-and-down to clean the inside surfaces of your front teeth
It is absolutely crucial to take good care of your teeth at home, and it is equally important to visit your dentist every six months for the regular check-ups, cleaning and to detect any potential dental problems early on to prevent them from cascading into bigger issues. Call the best dentist in dubai today to book an appointment at any of our four centers around Dubai.
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