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Are You Using the Right Toothbrush?

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Dr. Mal Braverman

Some people buy the most expensive toothbrush on the market while others don’t put any thought into their toothbrush at all. Although there isn’t one right toothbrush for everyone, it’s important to find the right toothbrush for you.

Is It From a Reputable Manufacturer?

Although the brand name doesn’t necessarily matter, you do want to make sure your toothbrush comes from a reputable manufacturer and not from the dollar bin. Your toothbrush is going into your mouth at least twice a day, and you want to make sure the materials are safe. When you spend extra money on your toothbrush, you also get other benefits like a brush that is designed to clean every crevice and take care of your gums. Cheap toothbrushes just aren’t capable of cleaning your mouth well and improving your oral hygiene.

Should You Upgrade to an Electric?

If you use a traditional toothbrush, you may want to consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush. It’s completely possible to keep your mouth healthy with a manual toothbrush if you consistently brush long enough. However, if you have wrist issues, like carpal tunnel or tendonitis, it might be easier to use an electric toothbrush and let it do the work. If you don’t think you brush as long as you should, an electric toothbrush can take out the guessing game for you.

Is Your Toothbrush Comfortable?

Make sure your toothbrush is comfortable in your hand and your mouth. Different shaped toothbrushes are better suited for different mouths so if something feels off, keep shopping. Furthermore, if it hurts to brush, you aren’t doing it right. Even though you might be tempted to use hard bristles to really scrub, it can be damaging to your teeth and your gums.

Your dentist is your best resource for finding the right toothbrush for you. If you have questions about your toothbrush or want to improve your smile, contact Dr. Braverman’s office to schedule an appointment today.

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