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Tips for Choosing the Right Toothbrush for You

Last updated 5 years ago

You probably know all about the importance of brushing your teeth each day. Not only can regular teeth brushing help you prevent cavities and gum disease, but it can also lower your risk of developing other health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Because there is a huge variety of toothbrush styles to choose from, you should read through this guide for help finding the right toothbrush to enhance your oral hygiene

An ideal toothbrush is one with a head that can easily clean each surface of your teeth and gums without crowding your mouth. You should look for a toothbrush head that is approximately half an inch wide and one inch in height. This toothbrush head size is large enough to target each surface of your mouth yet is small enough to comfortably maneuver as you brush. You should also look for a toothbrush with a long handle that allows you to easily position the toothbrush head with your hand.

There are three basic types of bristles you can choose from: soft, medium, and hard nylon bristles. If you are unsure of how sensitive your gums are, purchasing a soft-bristle toothbrush is probably your best choice. Using soft bristles can help you prevent damage to your teeth, gums, and roots if you unknowingly brush too vigorously.

If a toothbrush carries an ADA Seal of Approval, the product has been tested to meet certain safety standards outlined by the American Dental Association. However, because there are still a number of toothbrush brands to choose from, you should speak with your regular dentist about which kind of toothbrush would offer the greatest benefit for your oral health.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. of Manhattan, give us a call at (212) 661-9777. Our friendly staff will explain your treatment options and inform you of additional at-home care. Dr. Kakosian is also a certified Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider.


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