Your Toothbrush Has Come a Long Way to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

One of the most important tools for oral care you have in your home is your toothbrush. 

When used correctly twice a day, your toothbrush can help you prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Its role in your daily oral hygiene routine is critical since untreated gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Toothbrushes have come a long way in recent years. Our forefathers used tree twigs, bird feathers, animal bones, and porcupine quills to clean their teeth. Nowadays, we have many options that are more convenient and effective. 

The Importance of Brushing Your Teeth 

Maintaining a clean mouth is all about preventing plaque from building up on your teeth. Plaque is fueled by the sweets and starches you consume, which produce acids that erode the tooth enamel and cause gum irritation, swelling, or inflammation. 

Properly brushing your teeth helps prevent gum disease and cavities and helps you maintain your overall dental health. 

The Toothbrush

There are three distinct types of toothbrushes: soft, medium, and hard. The soft-bristled brush is most often recommended by dentists because it does not harm the tooth enamel and it is soft on the gums. 

Smaller brush heads fit better in your mouth than larger ones, allowing you to navigate smoothly over the rear molars. Several bristle styles are also available, including flat bristles, angled bristles, dome bristles, and rippling bristles. You should choose the one that is most comfortable for you.

Toothbrush handles can also be thick or thin. Experiment with both to see which is most pleasant to use. You can also choose one with a non-slip grip or a flexible brush head. 

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

While manual toothbrushes are simple and effective, some individuals prefer the convenience of an electric toothbrush. Children may lack the physical talent or discipline necessary to operate a manual toothbrush successfully. That is one instance where an electric toothbrush comes in handy. 

Adults with impaired dexterity, particularly the elderly, can also efficiently clean their teeth using an electric toothbrush. Making your regular oral hygiene practice easy enables you to adhere to it more consistently, resulting in improved oral health.

Need expert dental care advice from the best? Schedule an appointment with Dr. David Powell, DDS, at All Care Dentistry by calling (801) 266-1414, booking on our website, or visiting us at 6065 S Fashion Blvd # 275, Murray, Salt Lake City, UT 84107. 

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