The best preventive dentistry for your teeth and gums is brushing and flossing them every day. However, like any other job, you need the proper tools to ensure that you do a great job taking care of your teeth.
When you’re looking to buy a new toothbrush, you’ll find many colors, sizes, and brands from which to choose. However, you should buy a toothbrush with soft bristles because that is the safest for most people. If you brush your teeth vigorously, then a brush with medium to hard bristles could damage your gums, causing them to bleed.
Although you want to brush thoroughly, do so gently so that you don’t injure the soft tissues in your mouth. When it comes to choosing between a manual or an electric toothbrush, either one will do. However, studies indicate that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual brushes.
If the bristles on your toothbrush are starting to look worn, then it’s time to change brushes. Worn bristles can damage your gums and the other soft tissues in your mouth. One of our dentists at Paramus Park Mall Dental in Paramus, NJ, will be able to tell if you’re brushing too hard and can give you some tips for brushing more effective.
You should change brushes about every three months or after you’ve had a cold or flu. Using the same toothbrush as when you were sick is a good way to re-infect yourself and get sick again. When you buy a new toothbrush, make sure it is comfortable, and the head isn’t too big to fit in your mouth. Also, it should be comfortable to handle while brushing.
When it comes to dental floss, the type you buy and use is the best floss for you. As long as you floss regularly to get rid of plaque and tartar to prevent tooth decay, it doesn’t matter what type you buy. Having the right toothbrush and floss is the best preventive dentistry you can get.