What Are the Best Kinds of Toothbrush, According to a Skilled Dentist?

What Are the Best Kinds of Toothbrush, According to a Skilled Dentist?

Dental patients in San Diego who are diligent about their oral health often don’t know what sort of toothbrush to buy and why it matters. They simply buy what they think looks fine for their teeth, use it, and then throw it away when it’s already worn out. But the type of toothbrush does matter when it comes to maintaining oral health.

About Bristles

Nylon is the material used for modern toothbrush bristles, though in the past, bristles were made of animal furs or feathers. Nowadays, dentists urge their patients to use toothbrushes with soft bristles. This surprises some patients who believe that firmer bristles can clean better. The truth is that toothbrushes with firm bristles risk injuring the soft tissues in the oral cavity, especially the gums.

Bristles now come in different shapes, which can be seen on more complicated types of toothbrushes. Cup-shaped bristles clean around the teeth. Bias-cut bristles clean the sides of the teeth, and the long bristles clean those hard to reach places between teeth.

A dentist who installs braces may recommend a special orthodontic toothbrush. This type of toothbrush has a V shape when viewed from the side because the bristles in the middle of the brush are lower than the ones at the edges. The bristles of regular toothbrushes can be shredded by the wires and brackets in traditional dentures.

Sonic or Electronic

Sonic and electronic toothbrushes work by vibrating the toothbrush head orders of magnitude faster than they could be vibrated by the human hand. Electric toothbrushes vibrate between 2500 to 7000 strokes a minute, while a sonic toothbrush vibrates from 30,000 to 40,000. Because of this, the cleaning power of a sonic toothbrush is usually greater than an electric toothbrush. People also like to brush longer with a sonic toothbrush because they like the way it feels. Sonic toothbrushes are good for people who don’t like to floss, because they clean tight areas between the teeth and below the gum line.

Most toothbrushes are no longer very efficient after about three months and should be replaced. Replacement should be underway also when the bristles start to bend or show other evidence of wear and after a person has been sick.

Whatever type of toothbrush a patient uses, it’s important to brush at least twice a day and follow up brushing with flossing. If you are not confident of the current knowledge you have about toothbrushes, consult with your local dentist.

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