That might sound like a silly idea – is there any such thing as a “bad” toothbrush?
If it’s not getting the job right for you, then yes, potentially any toothbrush could be the wrong one. How do you know if your brush isn’t serving you well?
The Preston Sherry Dental team explains what you need to know:
Can You Hold Your Brush Comfortably?
One of the first matters to consider is how easily you can hold and maneuver your toothbrush. If it hurts your wrist or is just too small to get a good grip on, then you won’t do a very good job when it comes to cleaning your teeth.
How Do Your Gums Look?
Your gums are a pretty faithful depiction of how your toothbrush affects your mouth. If there is a lot of gum recession, this could mean that you are brushing way too hard or using a brush that is too rough on your gums. In that case, some wear on your enamel will also attest to that fact.
Patterns In The Plaque
Check your gums closely for signs of inflammation. If they are chronically red and tender in certain areas, this means those spots aren’t being cleaned properly. This commonly happens along the gumline. People scrub their toothbrush over the visible parts of their smile. But they neglect to get the bristles in the right spot to remove harmful bacteria.
Which Is The Right Brush?
Options vary from large- and small-handled brushes, ones with very small brush heads, ones with extra-soft bristles, and ones that are battery-powered.
Preston Sherry Dental Associates’ hygiene tips can help you to make the smartest selection. Call our team today to schedule your visit.