At White & White, Drs. J. Scott White and Pranee White are often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in Midlothian can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seem to be just as many choices.
If you have visited the dental section of your local Bon Air grocery store or Richmond drugstore lately, you know what we’re talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (If we had to rate them purely on their fun factor, we would choose the Spiderman brush.)
Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose?
One key factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
After having dental work or oral surgery in Richmond, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!
When buying a toothbrush for a child in Midlothian, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized tooth brush. Some Richmond kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask your Midlothian dentist at White & White.
What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some Midlothian residents like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. Richmond people with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.
Is your toothbrush doing the job? Schedule an exam with your Midlothian dentist at White & White and find out.
At White & White, our relaxing dental hygienists instruct our Midlothian and Richmond patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at White & White, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.
Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling White & White at 804-302-5592. An outstanding feature of White & White is our attention to patient comfort. We offer cosmetic dentistry and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.