When it comes to your dental health, every decision is important. Even the ones that may not seem like it. Take your toothbrush, for example. Picking a toothbrush that’s either too large or too small makes it nearly impossible to use. Same goes for the hardness of the bristles. That’s why Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos of All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach have provided this toothbrush guide.
The majority of dentists agree that soft-bristled toothbrushes are the best. Your Pacific Beach dentists are no exception. Continually using a harder bristled brush can actually do more harm than good. It can irritate the gums, affect the enamel, and cause teeth sensitivity. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are perfect for removing plaque and food debris.
Try to find a toothbrush head that works best with your teeth. It’s important that bristles are large enough to clean all teeth surfaces. The smaller the head, the easier it can maneuver around your mouth. Make sure you can comfortably reach your back molars.
Electric or powered toothbrushes are just as good if not better than manual toothbrushes. They provide an even and thorough level of brushing. If you struggle to reach certain areas of your teeth or brush the whole two minutes, an electric toothbrush can curve your bad habits.
Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Do so sooner if the bristles begin to deteriorate. Also, invest in a new toothbrush after you’ve recovered from a cold or illness. Bacteria can linger within the bristles.
All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph Boulos and Julie Boulos, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.